National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act Law and Legal Definition

The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act was enacted in 1966. This Act was enacted as a result of the government’s response towards the increase in the number of cars and associated facilities, and injuries on the road. The Act empowers the federal government to:

1. set and administer safety standards for motor vehicles and road traffic safety;

2. set a mechanism necessary for effective prevention of accidents; and

3. coordinate national safety program.

The creation of the National Highway Safety Bureau was one of the major contributions of the Act.