The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that includes proposed test requirements for light-emitting diode (LED) traffic signal modules. ITE urges its members to review the proposed rulemaking as detailed in the Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 142 (July 25, 2006) Proposed Rules. The online version is available at www.eere.energy.gov/ buildings/appliance_standards/commercial/ commercial_equipment_test_procedures. html. A discussion of the proposed test requirements for LED traffic signal modules may be found on pages 42,186-42,187.

ITE would like to bring your attention the following key issues:

1. DOE proposes to use ITE’s 1985 Vehicle Traffic Control Signal Head (VTCSH) Specification for testing LED signal modules for compliance with the Energy Policy Act of 2005. However, the 1985 specification was superseded by the VTCSH: LED Circular Signal Supplement of 2005 (please see the list at www.ite.org/ standards/led.asp). The 1985 specification is no longer available through ITE.

2. ITE is concerned that the proposed DOE rule would create confusion and compliance issues for public agencies and the vendor community by referencing an outdated specification.

3. The proposed DOE rulemaking also does not clearly distinguish the need to test for pedestrian signals distinct from the vehicle traffic signal modules.

ITE encourages that written comments be provided directly to the docket. Comments to the Federal Register must be provided to DOE no later than October 10, 2006. Comments may be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. Reference should be made to docket number EERM/TP-05-500 and/or Regulatory Information Number (RIN) 1904-AB53.

Note that there will be a public hearing in Washington, DC, USA, on September 26, 2006. DOE will receive requests to speak at the public hearing prior to 4:00 p.m. on September 14, 2006. Additionally, ITE staff will be formulating a coordinating response on behalf of the ITE membership. If you have any questions, please contact Siva Narla at +1 202-289-0222 ext. 119 or snarla@ite.org.

Copyright Institute of Transportation Engineers Sep 2006

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