NHTSA Withdraws Rule to Make EDRs Mandatory

Date: February 12, 2019

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) formally withdrew its 2012 proposed rule that would have created a new federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) for electronic data recorders (EDRs). Currently, EDRs are regulated under Part 563 and must meet certain requirements, but only apply to light vehicles (under 10,000 lb GVWR) voluntarily equipped with EDRs.

Under the existing Part 563, EDRs meet certain requirements for data elements, data capture and format, data retrieval, and data crash survivability. An EDR is not required to record audio, visual or other operational data (for example, it does not log commercial operator-associated data, like hours of service.)

NHTSA withdraws the Dec. 13, 2012 proposed rule primarily because, today, EDRs are installed on nearly 100 percent of all new light vehicles. Therefore, the agency believes such a mandate for today's EDRs is no longer necessary. It has been reported in various articles that NHTSA signaled it is working on a proposal to update pre-crash recording requirements in accordance with the FAST Act.

MEMA did not wholeheartedly support the 2012 proposal and, thus, supports NHTSA’s withdrawal of the proposed regulation. For more information, contact Leigh Merino.

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