Rich Van Iderstine (Mr. 108) is the preeminent expert on the subject of NHTSA's FMVSS 108 lighting requirements. During his nearly thirty year career at NHTSA, he was responsible for lighting and represented the United States at the Working Party of Experts on Lighting and Light Signalling (GRE) at the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29). He also oversaw the development of other crash avoidance standards related to mirrors, automatic transmission controls, controls and displays, interior trunk releases, and glazing, supervised the rulemaking requiring conspicuity materials for heavy duty tractors and trailers, and implemented the requirement for visual optical aiming performance.
Prior to joining NHTSA in 1978, he worked as a Mechanical Engineer at the Naval Oceanographic Office and Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Facility. Rich has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers since 1983.