In This Issue
- Recorded Telemarketing Calls Are Illegal
- Social Security Administration Makes It Quicker
- Federal Government To Require Rearview Cameras on Cars by 2018
Everyone is happy that they will be getting a lot less prerecorded telephone marketing calls in the future. Since September 1, 2009 telemarketers need advanced written permission from consumers in order to solicit them through automated prerecorded telemarketing messages referred to as ‘robo-calls’. Even if you have not signed up for the federal Do Not Call Registry you are still protected from unwanted automatic calls. This does not, however, prevent you from receiving calls from live telemarketers, unless you put your name on the federal Do Not Call List. If you are still getting these robo-calls contact the FTC at 877-382-4357 or go to www.ftc.gov.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is now providing expedited processing for Social Security Disability Benefit eligibility for applicants who are suffering from certain conditions. This is referred to as the Compassionate Allowance List and this list identifies those conditions which would invariably qualify for SSDI benefits. This year, 2014, 25 conditions – including prostate cancer (both recurrent and the kind that has metastasized) – have been added to the list, now totaling 225 conditions. According to the SSA, applicants suffering from conditions that are listed on the Compassionate Allowance List experience a much quicker application process, which takes only days, as compared with the normal SSDI applicants which can take from 3-5 months.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is in the process of finalizing a new rule that will require rearview cameras on all vehicles under 10,000 pounds by 2018. This law will surely improve safety by reducing “back-over accidents”. The new rule, which will apply to buses, trucks and passenger cars, manufactured beginning in May 2018, requires “rear visibility technology”. This camera should expand a driver’s field of view to help avoid crashes. Under the rule, the camera field of view must cover a 10 foot by 20 foot zone behind the vehicle and the system must also meet other requirements including image size, linger time, response time, durability, and deactivation. According to the government, back-over accidents result in about 200 deaths a year and 15,000 injuries. The average cost per vehicle to install these cameras is about $142.00, which is a small amount to pay for the safety it provides. The NHTSA says that as many as 69 lives will be saved each year once all new vehicles compile the rule. This is a great idea if it will save many people from heartache suffered when these back-over situations occur.