New Bill to Impose Government Sound Regulations on Cars

Brace yourself for more government control of cars. If a new Congressional bill called the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 becomes law: cars must emit a minimum level of sound alert for blind and other pedestrians of “the presence and operation of nearby motor vehicles to enable such pedestrians to travel safely and independently in urban, rural, and residential environments.”[source: U.S. Senate Web site.]

The impetus for the bill, its authors claim, is a problem with another government mandate on the automotive industry: the so-called hybrid vehicle, which the bill’s co-sponsors complain “cannot be heard by blind people and others, rendering such vehicles extremely dangerous when driving on the street, emerging from driveways, moving through parking lots, and in other situations where pedestrians and vehicles come into proximity with each other.” Among those the new law is supposedly intended to help: bicyclists, runners, and small children.

The dictate, proposed by Sens. John Kerry (D, MA) and Arlen Specter (D, PA), would force automobiles to include a non-visual warning “regarding the location, motion, speed, and direction of travel of a motor vehicle” and apply a new sound requirement to all new motor vehicles manufactured or sold in the United States within two years of the regulation’s enactment.

The relatively soundless hybrid vehicles were forced upon the U.S. auto market by the government with an aim to reduce and eliminate cars using a gasoline-powered internal combustion engine. The heavily state-subsidized and government-mandated vehicles, such as the Toyota Prius, were based on laws using environmentalist claims that hybrids would reduce pollution and function with better fuel economy. Now these same politicians claim that the cars we are all but forced to drive will kill blind people, bicyclists and kids.

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