NTSB wants event recorders on cars beginning in 2014 THE AGENCY National Transportation Safety Board
THE ISSUE Toughening regulations on the inclusion of crash recorders on light vehicles.
WHATS PROPOSED Beginning with vehicles made after Sept. 1, 2012, the NTSB called for crash recorders. The recorder offers a post-crash analysis of a vehicles performance, as the black box does for an aircraft. Data also can be used by emergency responders to determine the severity of an accident and the likelihood of the type of injuries. Data from the recorder could eventually translate into improved safety design. NTSB now proposes to mandate installation of event data recorders on light vehicles with front air bags, such as passenger cars, trucks and buses. NTSB proposes mandating installation of the recorders on vehicles, rather than leaving it to voluntary installation by manufacturers. The mandate would take effect on vehicles made after Sept. 1, 2014.
HOW YOU CAN BE HEARD Deadline to comment is Feb. 11. You can respond electronically at www.regulations.gov. Reference RIN 2127-AK86
TO LEARN MORE Go to www.regulations.gov and search for RIN 2127-AK86.
Larger mining companies could get SBA help
THE AGENCY Small Business Administration
THE ISSUE SBA periodically increases the size of businesses that can qualify for SBA assistance, of up to $5.5 million in loans and other help.
WHATS PROPOSED Increasing the size of metals-mining companies to be eligible for SBA help to $19 million in annual receipts, up from $7 million.
HOW YOU CAN BE HEARD Comments will be taken until Feb. 4 at www.regulations.gov. Make reference to RIN 3245-AG44.
TO LEARN MORE Go to www.regulations.gov. Search for RIN 3245-AG44.