Federal regulations promoting safety in transportation have existed for more than 100 years, but federal spending supporting research, standard setting, enforcement and capital programs are modern phenomena. Before the 1966 highway and motor carrier safety Acts, federal safety spending was less than $700,000 a year, and largely confined to aviation and marine modes where there was federal responsibility for certain transport operations. Federal spending for safety programs is now around $3 billion a year, and predominantly for highway and motor vehicle programs. Around $200 million a year is spent on rulemaking and enforcement in each of road, air and water modes, with about one-tenth of that on rail safety. But federal responsibilities vis-a-vis state and private transport interests differ so that modal comparisons of spending will not reflect overall spending or relative priorities for safety issues amongst modes.

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    • Presented at SAE Government/Industry Meeting and Exposition Washington, D.C., May 20-23, 1985.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    400 Commonwealth Drive
    Warrendale, PA  United States  15096
  • Authors:
    • Wishart, J
  • Publication Date: 1985

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  • Accession Number: 00451299
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 851226, HS-039 105
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 31 1985 12:00AM