Govt aims to steer clear of car Bug

Govt aims to steer clear of car Bug
Roy Rubenstein The government is pressing the motor industry to ensure that embedded systems in cars are Millennium Bug compliant. This is revealed in the official Ministerial response to the report of the Commons Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee into Millennium compliance in the transport industry. The all-party group of MPs had expressed concern that the failure of embedded chips in vehicles could cause problems. The Department said in reply: “We continue to raise this issue with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The industry has given clear assurances that compliance is being carefully investigated and that no problems have been identified. “Because lorriers are a critical component of food and other distribution chains… we have also opened a dialogue with a leading supermarket chain which is itself establishing the compliance of its vehicles fleet direct with manufacturers in the UK and overseas.” The response also reveals that the National Air Traffic Control Centre was now Millennium compliant and working on the implications of its interface with its overseas counterparts. The Civil Aviation Authority, meanwhile, will require all the 2,000 orgaisations involved in flying in the UK to prove compliance by November 1 1999 or face withdrawal of their operating authorisations.


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