Senators secured a bipartisan provision in the FAST Act directing NHTSA to update their rules for Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems


Washington (February 16, 2018) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Corey Gardner (R-Colo.) today called on Department of Transportation (DOT) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to swiftly conduct a rulemaking that will ensure tire pressure monitoring systems, which alert drivers when their tire air pressure has reached dangerously low levels, cannot be recalibrated by drivers to unsafe levels that could inadvertently increase the risk of a crash. The 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act included the Senators’ provision requiring the DOT to update its current tire pressure monitoring regulations to prevent tire pressure monitoring systems from being unintentionally reset without alerting the driver. The law required DOT to publish a proposed rule by December 4, 2016.


“We find it concerning that this statutory deadline has not been met, leaving this important safety mandate unfulfilled,” write the Senators in their letters to DOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao and OMB Director Mick Mulvaney. “It is time to implement this safety requirement, and we encourage you to move forward immediately.”


A copy of the Senators’ letter can be found HERE.