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

  • February 21, 2018, petition from Local Motors for a temporary exemption from one element of the definition of a Low Speed Vehicle (relating to the weight threshold), and three of the FMVSS that apply to Low Speed Vehicles, for an autonomous low speed bus. The petition requests the exemption on either or a combination of three bases: 1) that it would make the development or field evaluation of a low-emission vehicle easier without unreasonably lowering the safety performance of the vehicle, 2) 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 3) that it is otherwise unable to sell a vehicle whose overall level of safety or impact protection is at least equal to that of a non-exempt vehicle. Status: NHTSA is evaluating the petition for completeness.
  • 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: NHTSA is evaluating the petition for completeness.
  • 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 for completeness.