Transportation – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Establishes Sound Requirements for Light Duty Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a final rule requiring all new hybrid or electric vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or less make an audible noise when traveling at speeds up to 19 miles per hour. The purpose of the rule is to ensure that pedestrians, especially those who are blind or have low vision, are aware of vehicles as they approach. When a vehicle travels above 19 miles per hour it will make enough noise to be heard.  With some phase-in, full compliance is required by September 1, 2019.

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