NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for May 25, 2018

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

–Trump and Automakers Reaffirm National Mileage Rules—
–Prelim Report on Fatal Uber Crash has been released by the NTSB—
–Trump weighs new tariffs on imported cars/parts based on national security concerns—
–NTSB recommends seat belts on all new school buses–

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NMA Driving News Stories of the Week

Trump, Auto Officials Re-Affirm Goal of National Mileage Rules
California’s top air-quality official held a series of meetings with auto industry and federal officials in Washington on Wednesday who re-affirmed a desire to maintain a single national standard for auto efficiency. The talks with California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols were set in motion by President Donald Trump’s May 11 instruction to federal agencies that oversee the fuel efficiency regulations to pursue talks with California on revisions to the standards. After the meeting, White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said the administration would continue the conversation “so that domestic automakers do not have to comply with two different regulatory regimes.”

Uber self-driving car saw pedestrian but didn’t brake before fatal crash, feds say
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its preliminary report into the fatal crash involving a self-driving Uber vehicle in Tempe, Arizona, last March. Among the findings, investigators say the vehicle decided it needed to brake 1.3 seconds before striking a pedestrian, but Uber had previously disabled the Volvo’s automatic emergency braking system in order to prevent erratic driving. The four-page report provides a detailed account of what happened that night on March 18th when an Uber test vehicle slammed into 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, killing her.

Trump weighs new tariffs on imported cars on national security grounds
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is weighing a plan that would impose new tariffs on imported vehicles on national security grounds, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The administration is considering starting a probe of imported cars under a legal provision known as Section 232, possibly applying tariffs at the end, the Journal reported, citing industry officials briefed on broad outlines of the plan. The administration is currently considering tariffs of up to 25 percent, the Journal said.

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