Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) has issued a statement in response to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s announcement that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will not finalize a rule requiring rearview cameras to be installed in passenger vehicles until 2015. The rule was required under bipartisan legislation enacted in 2008 and was supposed to be finalized by February 2011, although the law allowed the deadline to be extended. The latest delay marks the third extension for the rule.
According to Rockefeller, “I am deeply disappointed by the Administration’s foot dragging over a rule that could help save the lives of hundreds of young children and prevent thousands of heartbreaking injuries. The fact is simple—installing rear cameras in cars will prevent injury and death. The Administration needs to move forward with this common sense safety measure because children’s lives are in jeopardy.” Rockefeller has indicated that he will press the new secretary, once confirmed, to finalize the rule before the 2015 deadline. See U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation Press Release, June 20, 2013.