In the past laws were passed for noise abatement from cars and now I see just the opposite.
Silent hybrid vehicles may soon be a thing of the past.
Auto safety regulators would have to set minimum sound levels for hybrid and electric vehicles under a bill approved Thursday by the House. Blind pedestrians say the quietness of hybrids can pose risks for them because they use sound cues to travel safely.
The House passed the bill 379-30. The Senate approved its version last week, and the measure now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.
Rep. Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican, says it will protect blind pedestrians along with joggers, children and others who need to be alerted to approaching traffic.
The bill was supported by automakers and the National Federation for the Blind.