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Thursday, 25 June 2020 22:10

U.S. House Unveils ‘Moving Forward Act’   

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In a 24-hour long marathon mark-up, the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved H.R. 2, the INVEST in America Act.

The surface transportation reauthorization bill provides $494 billion over five years for transportation initiatives.
  
The bill will be part of a broader infrastructure package, the Moving Forward Act, recently unveiled in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation includes a motor vehicle safety title consisting of bills and provisions previously introduced by the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. 

 

Safety provisions incorporated in the title include:

 

  • Prevention of deaths from hot vehicles.
  • Adding safeguards to keyless ignition technology.
  • Mandating crash-avoidance technology in all new passenger vehicles, including forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
  • Lane detection technology.
  • Reinvigoration of the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP.) 

 

Additionally, included in the package is a proposal from U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA) establishing a Transportation Workforce Outreach Program.

 

The program directs the U.S. Secretary of Transportation “to establish a public service announcement campaign to increase awareness of transportation sector career opportunities and to increase diversity in the transportation sector.” This provision includes automotive technicians.

 

During a subsequent Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety teleconference, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce Chairwoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) assured that the $1.5 trillion proposal will pass the House, marking a transformational investment in American infrastructure. 


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