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The Under 18 mph Crowd Is About to Make Some Noise!

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has moved forward with its efforts to meet the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010 and has released a proposal which now has a 60 day comment period before it proceeds. “Our proposal would allow manufacturers the flexibility to design different sounds for different makes and models while still providing an opportunity for pedestrians, bicyclists and the visually impaired to detect and recognize a vehicle and make a decision about whether it is safe to cross the street,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. Hybrid and electric vehicles, including motorcycles and heavy duty vehicles, traveling under 18 miles per hour would need to emit a sound to make the vehicle distinguishable from surrounding environmental noise. Read the press release from the U.S. Department of Transportation The proposal detail in PDF format can be downloaded from this link: http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/rulemaking/pdf/Quiet_Vehicles_NPRM.pdf
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The Department of Transportation's Air Travel Accessibility Proposal

We are reaching out to you because of the big stake you have in the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) efforts to maintain the rights of travelers with disabilities. We encourage you to join the conversation at Regulation Room and help DOT get this new regulation right. Regulation Room is part of Cornell University’s e-Rulemaking Initiative.  DOT has proposed new regulations that will: Require airlines and airports to make check-in kiosks accessible to travelers with disabilities; and, Require airlines and travel agents to make their websites accessible to individuals with disabilities. Very few travelers with disabilities have commented on this important proposal, but there is still time to submit your comments before the January 9th cutoff date. Many people who would benefit from the proposal don't realize that DOT needs to hear from people who agree with the proposed regulations, not just those who disagree. We Urge You To Participate Before Time...
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