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Friday, 19 November 2021 22:35

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Includes New Vehicle Safety Provisions

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On Nov. 15, President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law, the culmination of months of negotiation over the bill, which totals $1.2 trillion and includes $550 billion in new money for the nation’s infrastructure.

The legislation will make investments in traditional infrastructures, such as roads, bridges and public transportation, as well as some non-traditional items, such as electric vehicle charging stations.

 

Important for mechanical and collision repair shops, the legislation includes $7.5 billion for a national network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations---approximately half of what was proposed in Biden’s original plan. However, even with this smaller investment, the Biden Administration has not wavered from its goal of 500,000 new electric vehicle charging stations by the end of 2030. 

 

According to a White House fact sheet, the electric vehicle charging stations funding will be focused on installing long-distance-oriented EV charging stations along highway corridors and charging stations in underserved communities. The administration will move forward with proposed regulations indicating how the EV charging station funds will be dispersed.

 

The new law also includes a number of provisions focused on standardizing vehicle safety standards. The legislation gives authority to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue requirements for the implementation of Advanced Driver-Assist Systems (ADAS) such as forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, lane departure and lane-keeping systems in new vehicles. However, the legislation does not set a specific timeframe for when DOT is required to release these proposed rules. 

 

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) supports updates to federal safety standards for motor vehicles, as well as mandatory periodic motor vehicle safety inspections.

 

“ASA has been a longtime advocate of periodic motor vehicle safety inspections and believes these programs prove to benefit the motoring public," said ASA Chairman of the Board Fred Hules II about the new law. "We encourage the U.S. Department of Transportation to also consider...


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