Europe has it right

One of the things that has led to our economic superiority over the rest of the world, in my opinion, is the fact that we tend to regulate our businesses much less severely than other nations. For example, Europe has much tougher controls on industry than we do.

But I’ve discovered there’s one area where Europe has demanded action from an industry where we haven’t, and I really think they’ve got the right idea. And that’s a painful admission.

In Europe, it is required that a car’s rear directional lights be amber and separate from brake lights. Here, we let them be red and do double-duty as brake lights. And that has thrown me off more than a few times.

I’d really like it if the United States adoped the same regulation. It can’t be that much more expensive, and I really think it’d be a serious safety improvement, possibly since the Center High-Mounted Stop Light (CHMSL), brought about by Elizabeth Dole when she was Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Transportation.

And while they’re at it, why can’t they come up with a decision of which side of the vehicle to put the gas tank filler?

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