This is one scary law.S. 1813: MAP-21
This law is full of over reaching nanny state requirements, and protection for government, but big-brother tracking of you and your car.
New MPO's cannot be challenged in court, they do have to allow local comments, but no requirement to act on them. Other legal crap like "this section, shall not be subject to discovery or admitted into evidence in a Federal or State court proceeding" make it sound like they want a Metropolitan Planning Orginization(MPO) is not legally accountable for it's actions. They aren't even accountable for doing what the law says they must. "The failure to take into consideration 1 or more of the factors specified in paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not be subject to review by any court under this title, chapter 53 of title 49, subchapter II of chapter 5 of title 5, or chapter 7 of title 5 in any matter affecting a metropolitan transportation plan, a transportation improvement program, a project or strategy, or the certification of a planning process."
It's just Bad Law!
Scary part is that they are now going to require every car to have a black box SEC. 31406. Mandatory Event Data Recorders-
(1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall revise part 563 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, to require, beginning with model year 2015, that new passenger motor vehicles sold in the United States be equipped with an event data recorder that meets the requirements under that part.
You may own the data, but the government can get the data if it wants. I think restoring that 1973 VW Bug is more important than ever.
We have too much government, and even a cursory glance at MAP-21 is scary.
It's passed the Senate, Contact your Represenative before the house votes and tell them to vote now on MAP-21