Auto Safety Initiatives Part of Latest Transportation Bill

Sweeping auto safety initiatives included in a transportation bill passed by Congress on Friday make it the most comprehensive traffic safety legislation in years. Congress is ordering the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to impose a number of more stringent safety measures, including the first performance standards aimed at decreasing the likelihood of a rollover. Currently, the agency conducts rollover testing, but the results are only used to determine star ratings on cars and light trucks for consumer information. In addition, 15-passenger vans will be subject for the first time to government crash tests.