Laws & Regulations

Petitions to NHTSA

Petitions for Rulemaking Received During This Administration

  • September 28, 2017, petition from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The petition asked NHTSA to initiate a rulemaking to require the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in all new motor vehicles and require the installation of built-in engine cut-off devices to prevent injuries and fatalities caused by carbon monoxide from motor vehicle exhaust. Status: NHTSA denied the petition by letter on January 28, 2018.
  • June 26, 2017, petition from the Truck Trailer Manufacturer Association. The petition asked NHTSA to reconsider NHTSA's final rule titled "Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles — Phase 2." NHTSA is treating the petition as a petition for rulemaking. Status: NHTSA granted the petition by letter to the petitioner on August 17, 2017.
  • February 21, 2017, petition from Jewkes Biomechanics. The petition asked the agency to initiate a rulemaking to exempt "hybrid" child restraint systems from meeting FMVSS No. 213 sled test requirements when tested without the tether attached. Status: NHTSA is evaluating the petition.

Petitions for Exemption Received During This Administration

  • October 23, 2018, petition from Nuro for a temporary exemption for 3 requirements of the Low Speed Vehicle standard (FMVSS No. 500) for a low speed, autonomous, passengerless delivery vehicle. The petition requests the exemption on the basis that it would make the development or field evaluation of a low-emission vehicle easier without unreasonably lowering the safety performance of the vehicle. Read Nuro's petition | Read NHTSA's notice of receipt
  • January 11, 2018, petition from General Motors for a temporary exemption from 16 FMVSSs for an autonomous vehicle. The petition requests the exemption on either or both of two bases: 1) that it would make easier the development or field evaluation of a new motor vehicle safety feature providing a level of safety at least equal to that of the standard, and 2) that it would make the development or field evaluation of a low-emission vehicle easier without unreasonably lowering the safety performance of the vehicle. Status: Read GM's petition | Read NHTSA's notice of receipt
  • July 13, 2017, petition from Spira4U, LLC for a temporary exemption from 23 FMVSSs and the Theft Prevention Standard under the low-emission vehicle basis.  Spira4U requested these exemptions to allow the sale of up 2,950 electric vehicles over a three-year period.  Status: NHTSA is evaluating the petition.