California to amend cool car measure

California is known for their green-orientation when it comes to cars, but the California Air Resources Board is facing new resistance to its ‘cool cars’ measure that requires a solar energy reducing glazing on windows in order to keep cars cooler. The resistance isn’t from manufacturers and dealers however, but from the law enforcement community, and surprisingly enough, toll collectors.

The glazing is known to degrade signals from many radio devices and cell phones, Law enforcement is concerned that vehicle occupants may have trouble calling 911 in an emergency, and also that the signal emitted from ankle bracelets will also be compromised.

Toll collectors fear that EZ pass signals will be compromised, causing delays at toll plazas and unwarranted tickets.

The new rules are set to be finalized May 7, but the growing concerns put the board in a tough spot; the rule will supposedly save 700,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide by 2020. The effect would be equal to taking 140,000 cars off the road for a year.

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Detroit News