Summary: H.R.4175 — 98th Congress (1983-1984)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.4175. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (10/20/1983)

Motor Vehicle Passenger Safety Act - Amends the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 to add provisions on the promotion and use of safety belt systems.

Directs the Secretary of Transportation to make grants to States for the development and implementation of: (1) State-educational programs promoting the use and associated benefits of safety belt systems; and (2) State laws and regulations requiring the use of safety belt systems for passenger motor vehicles. Sets forth the allocation formula and terms and conditions for such grants.

Directs the Secretary to develop and implement a program to utilize public and private resources as a free public service in promoting the use and benefits of safety belt systems. Requires chief executive officers of Federal agencies to promote the use of such systems within their agencies and report annually to the Secretary on such activities.

Requires the Secretary to report to Congress by December 31, of each year on the grant program for the previous fiscal year. Authorizes appropriations for FY 1985 through FY 1996 for such program.

Directs the President to promulgate regulations requiring: (1) Federal motor vehicles to be equipped with safety belt systems; (2) passengers in such vehicles to use the systems; and (3) the use of such systems while operating in Federal areas. Provides a civil penalty for violation of such regulations. Requires the President to report annually to Congress on the enforcement of such regulations.

Prohibits any person from rendering inoperable any safety belt system installed in a motor vehicle in compliance with Federal standards, unless such vehicle will not be used during such time of inoperation.