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Government Information on Automobiles: Legal and Regulatory Information

Provides access to government and non-government information resources on automobiles/cars and how government policies have sought to influence their technological development, consumer safety, and environmental impact.

Legal and Regulatory Information

Numerous legal and regulatory information sources provide information on U.S. federal and state laws and regulations concerning automobiles.

Examples include:

Nexis Uni (Provides federal and state laws, court cases, and law review articles)

United States Code (Complete text of U.S. laws broken down into 54 different titles or subject areas. Title 15 covers commerce and trade, Title 23 highways, Title 35 patents, Title 42 public health and the environment, and Title 49 transportation)

Slip Laws  (Text of public laws as passed by Congress and signed by the President-1995-present) 

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) (After legislation is passed by Congress and signed by the President agencies are directed to issue regulations enforcing federal laws.  These regulations are broken down into 50 titles and published in the CFR which is updated annually on a rotating basis throughout the year.  Title 10 Energy, Title 15 Commerce and Foreign Trade, Title 16 Commercial Practices, Title 23 Highways, Title 37 Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights, Title 40 Environmental Protection, Title 42 Public Health, and Title 49 Transportation.

Federal Register (This publication lists the text of newly approved regulations, proposed federal regulations, presidential documents such as executive orders, and information about agency information gathering activities.)

Unified Agenda  (Published twice a year in the Federal Register, this lists regulatory activity, agencies anticipate engaging in over the next six months)  See also (See the text of public comments on proposed government regulations.  Individuals and organizations can comment on proposed federal regulations under the Administrative Procedures Act.  Tips for Submitting Effective Comments

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Bert Chapman
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