DOT Delays 'Quiet Car' Sound Rule Until March

By Linda Chiem (November 25, 2015, 8:01 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation has delayed until March a new final rule mandating that hybrid and electric vehicles meet certain sound standards and be able to alert pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists that they're approaching.

The DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says additional coordination is needed before it'll be ready to issue its so-called "quiet cars" final rule carving out the new minimum sound requirements for hybrid and electric vehicles, according to a recent department report updating the status of the DOT's still-in-the-works rulemaking. 

Hybrid and electric vehicles are quieter than traditional cars since they do not rely on...

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