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Calendar No. 1272 S. 3005

[Report No. 1301]


March 2, 1966 Mr. Magnuson introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred

to the Committee on Commerce

JUNE 23, 19966
Reported by Mr. MAGNUSOX, with amendments

[Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic)

A BILL To provide for a coordinated national safety program and estab

lishment of safety standards for motor vehicles in interstate commerce to reduce traffic accidents and the deaths, injuries,

and property damage which occur in such accidents. 1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 3 That this Aet may be eited as the “Traffie Safety Art of 4 1966".

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of this Art is to reduce traffie Hridents and the Hentti, itt

7 juries, and property damage resulting from traffie arridents.

1 to this end, the Secretary of Transportation shall have 2 authority to establish motor vehiele safety standards for 3 motor vehieles and equipment in interstate commerce; to

4 undertake and support heressary safett research and devet

5 opment; and to encourage and provide financial Assistance 6 in developing State traffie safety programs under effertive 7 standards for drivers, motor vehicles, postaceident rare, and 8 the traffie environment, ineluding highways. 9 TITLE HMOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS


SEF. 101. As used in this title

fat "Motor vehiele safety” means the performance of 13 motor vehicles of motor vehiele equipment in suelt a manner 14 that the publie is protected against unreasonable risk of acei 15 dents occurring as a result of the design of motor vehieles 16 and is also protected against unreasonable risk of death; 17 injury, of property damage in the event accidents to occur. 18 fbt Motor vehiele safety standart” means a minimum 19 standard for motor vehiele performance, of motor vehiele 20 equipment performance, #hielt is præetieable, which meets 21 the need for motor vehicle safety and whielt provides objee 22 tive writeria on whieh the publie may rely in assuring motor 23 rehiele safety.


fet "Motor vehicle” means any vehiele driven of

25 drawn, by mechanical or other power; primarily for use on

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2 vehicle subject to safttf regulations t er part 1 of the 3 Interstrie fumpitree het, as amended filmpty 8, title 49 4 of the Enited States Colet, of under the Transportation of 5 Explosives Act as amended tsettiohs Stā of chapter 6 30, title 18, of the United States Codlet, and 44 a Feltiele 7 or ear operated exclusively on # ruil of rails: 8 fot "Alotor vehicle equipment” means #ht system,

9 part, or component of a motor tehiele as originallt han

10 factured or any similar part of component manufactured or

11 seld for replacement of improvement of steht system, part, 12 of etmponent of as an accessory, of addition to the motor 13 rehiele: 14 fet “State” means auf State of the United States, the 15 District of Columbid; the femmontrealth of Puerto Rico;

or any territory or possession of the United States.

40 “Interstate commerce” means commerre betiteen

Ant place in a State and ant pnee in another State, or

between places in the same State Hirough another State.

tot “Seeretarp” means Seeretart of Transportation:

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SEC. 102. tat The Secretart shall, from time to time, rerie# existing publie and private motor vehiele safety

standards and the degree of effective compliance existing

25 with respekt to the standard

Hi #Ant tine after the 1 years from the date of the ennetment of this Aet, he de 2 termines that there is a need for a new of revised motor 3 vobiele safety standard and that

417 ho motor vehicle safety standard exists;

+27 any existing motor vehicle safety standard is inadequate to protect the publie against unreasonable

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risk of accidents or of death, injury, or property damage

resulting therefor, as defined in section 101 tat;

fat any existing motor vehicle safety standard is not based upon al measurements of performance neces. sary to the achievement of motor vehicle safety; or

+47 the degree of effective compliance with respect

to any existing motor vehicle safety standard is insufi

cient to achieve adequate motor vehicle safety; then

the Secretary is authorized to establish and issue by

order, in scordance with section 4 of the Adminis

trative Procedure Aet, appropriate Federal motor ve

biele safety standards for motor vehicles of motor vehicle


At A Federal motor vehiele safety standard issued by 21 order pursuant to subseetion fat shall become effective on 22 date speeified by the Secretary in that order, which shalt 23 be no sooner than one hundred and eighty days nor later than


two years from the date on which the standard is issued. No

1 State or local government laws, regulation, of ordinance shell


establish a safety standard for a motor vehiele or item


3 motor vehicle equipment is interstate commeree if a Federal

4 motor vehicle safety standard issued in conformance with the 5 provisions of this title is it effeet with respect to Him tietor 6 vehiele or item of Arotor vehicle equipment, and ant suelt law, 7 regulation, of ordinance proporting to establish steht safety 8 standards and providing a pult of pisteht für iht met of 9 HonCompliance Herewith shall be Huli foitt, ## of H4 effect. 10 However, nothing herein shall be construed to prevent a 11 State of tveal gore of the Federal Giovertiment from 12 establishing requirements hore stringent High # Federal 13 motor vehiele safety standard for the exclusite propose of its

14 AHA proctement.


fet The Secretart, fith Hime to time, and whjert to


section 4 of the Administrative Procedure trt, Hint he or

17 Her amend of withdrat Erderal t

ot rhiete safety start

18 Ards issued under Hiiit sertioni therdicht At Hithitinhala

19 shall be effective on the Hitte purifieet ti the Secretary it! 20 that order, #hielt dat he HA SAAR Hmh the Hundred And 21 eighty days her later Hook the tent frotte Hoe Hate *** #hicht

22 He amendment of Hittittihat is in sted, hule Him Serretart


finds, publishing his reason therefor; that it earlier # later

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