I wonder what other minor nuisances, already solved by the market, can be mandated out of existence. A mandate for cruise control in every vehicle? The Elimination of Popup Advertisements on the Internet Act? Perhaps she’ll mandate that VCR clocks get automatically set by the FCC as well?
My hyperbole was so close to being right, I want to cry.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (just sounds like something Orwellian) announced its new plan to mandate that every vehicle be equipped with back-up cameras by 2013. From the NHTSA’s own proposed rulemaking notice:
NHTSA is proposing to specify an area immediately behind each vehicle that the driver must be able to see when the vehicle’s transmission is in reverse. It appears that, in the near term, the only technology available with the ability to comply with this proposal would be a rear visibility system that includes a rear-mounted video camera and an in-vehicle visual display. Adoption of this proposal would significantly reduce fatalities and injuries caused by backover crashes involving children, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and other pedestrians.
From the “Wheels” blog at NYT:
Early next year, the agency is expected to go ahead with the plan, which would require automakers to have 10 percent of their vehicles with the systems by September 2012; 40 percent by September 2013; and 100 percent by September 2014.
But, as Joshua Condon from MSN Autos writes:
The bad news is that consumers will end up holding the estimated annual bill of $1.9 billion to $2.7 billion through vehicle price increases of $159 to $203.
Well, I suppose I found the answer to my question. There is truly no end to the nanny statism.