NHTSA’s New Approach To Regulation Is Toxic Garbage (Part 2)

NHTSA’s New Approach To Regulation Is Toxic Garbage (Part 2)

Featured image: photo of my RadRover e-Bike. Picture by Jennifer Sensiba. In part 1 of this article, I explored the ways that NHTSA’s approach would cause problems if applied more broadly. In this part, I’m going to discuss how this hurts the economy, how it gets intentionally misused against companies like Tesla, and how we can actually solve the safety problems NHTSA is focusing on (pedestrian and cyclist safety). How This Hurts The Economy Even when not intentionally misused, this approach can cause chaos in the economy. When companies can’t predict the costs of operating in an industry, they’ll either not enter the industry at all or jump in and fail when they get in over their heads. It can stifle innovation, as we’ve seen in the automotive industry before Tesla barely survived. It can keep new small companies from entering the industry because the big, incumbent players are the only ones who can afford to have the armies of lawyers and accountants it takes to operate in the industry. These big players then have little incentive to actually take care of their customers, because all real accountability is gone. Want to sue them? You’d better have millions of dollars to keep their lawyers busy with and hope they don’t find a way to weaponize the government against you later . It can also make it impossible for consumers to make any decisions at all, because the Karens in government and the ambulance chasing lawyers have made all of […]

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