Center for Auto Safety Statement on NHTSA’s Denial of Petition to Ensure Adequate Public Participation in the Safety Standard Exemption Process

April 8, 2020

Center for Auto Safety Statement on NHTSA’s Denial of Petition to Ensure Adequate Public Participation in the Safety Standard Exemption Process

The Center has always worked hard to use the most complete available data in guiding our policy recommendations and advice to the public when it comes to vehicle safety issues. It is both terrifying and sadly predictable that this administration would acknowledge it has rewritten regulations in order to evade public disclosure of information submitted by car companies in support of exemptions from mandatory safety standards put in place to reduce the risk of crash deaths on our roads and in our neighborhoods. The ramifications of the Department of Transportation’s blatant disregard for the purpose of comment periods, scientific data, and the rule of law when it comes to allowing untested and unregulated driverless cars on public streets is quite simply impossible to quantify.

Read our joint statement with Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Reports, and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.