NHTSA wants to change its vehicle safety standards for lighting to reduce the problem of glare from some daytime running lamps (DRLs). The agency proposes a three-step approach. First, it would require that DRLs based on upper beam headlights be reduced in intensity by more than half in newly manufactured vehicles beginning one year after the final rule. A year later, lower beam DRLs on new vehicles would be limited to about half the currently-permitted intensity. Three years after that DRLs on all new autos would be limited to about one-quarter of the intensity of today's brightest DRLs. Phone NHTSA's Tim Hurd at (202) 366-9550.
The implementation of a new diesel fuel standard in the US has considerably improved the environmental performance of diesel vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the new ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel has combined with other improved technologies to reduce diesel's particulate matter (PM) emissions by 99%.
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