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NHTSA issues e-odometer rule, delays disclosure mandates

November 29, 2019
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Nov. 26 delayed for one year the implementation date of an electronic odometer disclosures rule that was set to take effect Dec. 31, 2019.
The NHTSA’s e-odometer rule, published in October, would allow the odometer disclosures that must be made with the transfer (sale, lease, auction, etc.) of used vehicles to be issued and stored electronically. The new rule lists minimum security and authentication criteria states must adopt to enable e-odometer disclosures. Once implemented by the states, the e-odometer rule will remove a key obstacle to paperless vehicle transactions, thereby helping consumers and dealers save time and money.
In addition, in noting that the average age of used vehicles has increased markedly since the mid-1980s, the new rule also expands the obligation to make required odometer disclosures for vehicles under 10 model years old to vehicles under 20 model years old, beginning with 2010 model year vehicles.
The NADA is working with other industry stakeholders, including the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators and Automotive Trade Association Executives, to facilitate the rule’s implementation. A Dec. 13 webinar on the new rule will feature NHTSA Chief Counsel Jonathan Morrison and representatives of the AAMVA.
"Electronic records," said NHTSA Acting Administrator James Owens, "are more efficient than paper documentation and are harder to forge, helping to prevent fraud."