The rule reduces or eliminates the waiting period before the time a manufacturer identifier or VIN can be used.
The rule adds low-speed vehicles to the list of vehicles to which Part 565 applies, and adds attributes of LSVs that should be identified by an LSV’s VIN.
Vehicle manufacturers, including those of low-speed vehicles, are already required to
label their vehicles with a VIN and report to NHTSA information relating to deciphering the
characters in the VIN. This rule does not substantially change those requirements. The minimal
impacts of today’s amendments do not warrant preparation of a regulatory evaluation.
NHTSA cannot quantify direct safety impacts of this rule. However, NHTSA believes
that this rule will have a beneficial effect on safety in that it ensures the continued integrity of the
VIN system (ensuring that vehicles will continue to be uniquely identified).
There may be some cost impacts in changing data systems to account for features of the
VIN that are different than those of current VINs (e.g., the use of alphabetic and numeric
characters in certain VIN positions). However, NHTSA does not believe that the costs will be
significant. In fact, manufacturers of most vehicles less than 10,000 lb GVWR will need to do
nothing more initially than change their systems so that an alphabetic character appears in
position 7 of the VIN to comply with today’s rule. For all other VIN positions, these
manufacturers may continue to use current systems to generate VIN characters using the old
character limitations. Because of the change from a numeric character to an alphabetic character
in position 7, unique VINs will be assured. These manufacturers will be able to adjust their
systems as needed over time to be able to generate VIN characters under the expanded options
for characters contained in the final rule. This ability to adapt slowly to the final rule will further
ameliorate the cost impact of the final rule.