The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published in the Federal Register their final rule amending Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) 111 to require rear backup systems/cameras on light duty vehicles. The regulation was mandated by Congress in 2007.
The new regulations, scheduled to be phased-in as a percentage of a vehicle manufacturer's production between May 1, 2016 and May 1, 2018, will apply to all vehicles 10,000-lb gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and less except motorcycles and trailers. Multi-stage vehicle manufacturers will be given until the end of the phase-in period to demonstrate compliance.
The NTEA will publish a more in-depth review of the new regulation in an upcoming issue of the NTEA News.