[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) issued the following statement after the release of bipartisan infrastructure legislation with several provisions he championed to improve auto safety:
“This bipartisan bill includes critical measures I’ve long advocated to strengthen auto safety. It is legislation that provides an important foundation for further action to make our roads safer. It will help end dangerous and deadly carbon monoxide poisonings, and make important strides to address tragic hot car deaths and dangerous rollaway incidents. It will also help bolster car seatback standards, and improve auto recalls and driver-assistance systems. I will fight to strengthen these measures during the amendment process, and push to remove harmful teen truck driver and hours-of-service exemption provisions that would make trucking more dangerous to boost safety on our roads.”
Blumenthal is a co-sponsor of auto safety measures with U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) to upgrade seatback safety, prevent distracted driving, improve recalls, and enhance defect reporting, provisions of which have been included in the bipartisan infrastructure legislation.
Blumenthal has been fighting against several trucking measures currently included in the legislation that would make operating trucks more dangerous, including a provision that would permit teen truck drivers to drive 18-wheelers and other large trucks and another provision that carves out hours-of-service exemptions for livestock haulers allowing them to operate trucks for longer than directed under current law.