Despite over 100 Americans being killed by tragic crashes on our roads every day, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has requested an 11% reduction in resources for the life-saving activities of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the Fiscal Year 2020.
The Center for Auto Safety (Center) founded in 1970, is an independent, member-driven, non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy not only for our members, but all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians across the country.
On behalf of our members nationwide, the Center calls upon Congress to appropriate budgetary levels commensurate with the scope of the task facing NHTSA at a critical moment in auto safety.
“Despite pledges to make a safety a priority, the administration’s budget request for NHTSA speaks to their true priorities – easing the way for industry self-regulation and a handcuffed enforcement agency,” said Jason Levine, Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety. “Once again, NHTSA’s budget request is in line with the larger DOT philosophy of promising safety but cutting areas that actually deliver on those promises. It impossible to justify a 21% cut to the Vehicle Safety Programs, which are at the heart of the agency’s safety mission.”
Last year the Appropriations Committee ignored a request for inadequate funding to please those who care more about political statements than they do about funding NHTSA at appropriate levels. The Center encourages the Committee to once again stand up for the American people.