The Administration May Kill The Regulation That Electric Cars HaveTo Make Noise

After some incidents of electric cars being too quiet and sneaking up on people, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made a regulation that they have to make noise when driving at low speeds. But they may have to kill that regulation after President Trump signed an executive order in January requiring agencies to cut costs that are associated with enforcement, Jalopnik reported. And on NHTSA’s list of 6 areas for deregulation, requiring sound at a minimum speed was right there at the top.

As of right now, electric and hybrid car manufacturers have until September 1, 2019 to add noise to cars when they’re driving under 19 mph. NHTSA says the regulation could prevent 2,400 pedestrian injuries a year. What do you think, does the regulation make sense? Or do you not care if a Prius sneaks up on you?

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