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C. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

NHTSA granted the petition by letter to the SAE dated March 7, 2006 and published a

notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register on October 2, 2007 (72 FR

56027). That notice proposed to adopt most, but not all of the changes to Part 565 suggested by

SAE. The changes that were proposed in the NPRM were to:

  • Expand to 60 years (the current 30 year period that is about to expire plus an additional 30 years) the period during which the VINs of any two vehicles subject to Part 565 may not be identical;

  • Eliminate vehicle “make” from what needs to be communicated in, and decipherable from, the manufacturer identifier;

  • Include “make” in what needs to be communicated in, and decipherable from, the second section of the VIN (positions 4-8) for all vehicles subject to Part 565;

  • Change Part 565 so that alphabetic or numeric characters may be used in positions 4, 5 and 6 for passenger cars and multipurpose passenger vehicles and trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of 4536 kg. (10,000 lbs.) or less (Currently positions 4 and 5 must be alphabetic and position 6 must be numeric for these vehicles. Either alphabetic or numeric characters have always been allowed in these positions for other vehicles covered by the standard);

  • Require that VIN position 7 be alphabetic for passenger cars and multipurpose passenger vehicles and trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of 4536 kg. (10,000 lbs.) or less (This position currently must be numeric for these vehicles. Either an alphabetic or numeric character can be used in this position for other vehicles covered by the standard);

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