The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the agency's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) regulation, 49 CFR Part 565.
The proposed amendment is a response to a petition from SAE International's Vehicle Identification Number/World Manufacturer Identifier Technical Committee, which warns that changes are needed to ensure there will be a sufficient number of unique manufacturer identifiers and VINs for the current 17-character VIN system to be used for at least another 30 years.
The NPRM does not come with proposals. The NHTSA posted the NPRM to open a public comment period. Comments are due Nov. 16.
The NPRM proposes that the changes be mandatory beginning with model year 2010 vehicles manufactured on or after Sept. 1, 2009.
This notice was published in the Oct. 2, 2007, Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 190, pages 56027-56036.