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Posted by Bob & Holly Wilson on August 10, 2008, 11:35 pm

After driving to DC and back for a June 23 hearing about putting noise
makers on hybrids for the blind, I submitted my materials for the
record, the last week submissions, were open and here they are:

search: NHTSA-2008-0108

My documents are:

When the NHTSA turned down my request to present the hybrid electric
owner's point of view, they said I could ask questions at the meeting
and submit my materials for the record. This meant I was able to review
and critique the other presenters and use the extra time to prepare a
much better presentation than I'd originally planned. They also kicked
off a petition effort to "give hybrid electric owners a seat at the

Hybrid electric owners are the ones who will have to pay for any
mandated noise makers. By denying my presentation, they essentially
exercised "taxation without representation," a policy that didn't work
out very well in the past. The letters petitioning Congress have gone
out and we will see what happens.

Congress is in recess until Labor Day so other than some minor support
efforts, not much is happening. We'll see what happens in the fall. With
luck, it will never leave commitee and die with this Congress.

A couple of other fun reads:

"At the very end of the session, I asked, "What about the bill before
Congress, HR 5734? What if it gets passed in August?" He answered,
"Don't worry ..." Which means I do worry and so should you unless you
are happy with the "Bell the Hybrid Act," HR 5734. ..."


"As some of you know, I've been applying my engineering skills to fixing
some Congressional nonsense, HR 5734, the "Bell the Hybrid Act" that
proposes to put noise makers on all hybrid electrics. With the
Congressional recess, nothing will happen until Congress returns in
September. So this is a good time to share what has been going on
including some background. ..."

Bob Wilson

Posted by Was Istoben on August 11, 2008, 12:09 am

Try to get them to bell the blind instead.

Posted by Jean Smith on August 12, 2008, 12:31 am

That would be better than giving one a mailbox across the street on a blind
curve. He's gone now. But they should have provided a mirror.

http://www.TheNextCheney.com  http://thinkprogress.org/2008/07/08/
What to give the vets http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/16356.html  

Posted by Tomes on August 11, 2008, 2:27 am
 Thank you for doing this.

Posted by MrTom on August 11, 2008, 3:23 am
 Even before seeing your message I had contacted my representative
expressing opposition to HR 5734 as written because it suggested making
vehicles noisier might be mandated.  No noise pollution--we have enough.

Thank you for doing so much more.  Hopefully all will contact their
representatives expressing opposition to required noise.

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