By Charles Pekow — In December 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a new rule to require hybrid vehicles to make a minimum level of noise. Normally, one wouldn’t want more noise on the highways. But new vehicles are so quiet that bicyclists and others can’t always hear them coming. The new rules were designed to be phased in in 2018 and 2019. But the Trump Administration put a series of holds on the rule while it reexamines it (goo.gl/UZUdqk).
NHTSA was following an order from the White House to reconsider all new regulations that haven’t yet taken effect. As of early May, it hadn’t decided whether to kill the rule.