POLICY GUIDELINES FOR TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGY

RECENTLY GOVERNMENT--AND ESPECIALLY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT---HAS TO A MUCH GREATER DEGREE THAN EVER BEFORE MADE ITS PRESENCE FELT WITH RESPECT TO THE SOCIAL EFFECTS OF BOTH DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION, PARTICULARLY IN THE AREAS OF SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT. TAA'S TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE SPONSORED A HALF-DAY FORUM ON 22 SEP 71 FOR THE PURPOSE OF ALLOWING INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES TO DISCUSS THE IMPACT THAT NEW REGULATIONS ARE HAVING ON TRANSPORTATION, AND PRINCIPALLY TECHNOLOGY. THE TREND OF COMMENT AND RECOMMENDATION LAY IN THE FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS. (1) IN ORDER TO AVOID A MULTIPLICITY OF STATE AND LOCAL REGULATIONS IN THE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY/ENVIRONMENT AREA, AND TO ELIMINATE DUPLICATION AND CONFLICT IN SUCH REGULATIONS, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD, WHERE APPROPRIATE, PREEMPT SUCH REGULATION. FAILURE TO ACHIEVE STANDARDIZATION WILL PLACE COST AND OTHER BURDENS ON THE CARRIERS. (2) WHERE MEASURABLE AND APPLICABLE, GOVERNMENT RULES, AND REGULATIONS IN THE AREAS OF TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY, SAFETY, AND ENVIRONMENT SHOULD STRESS PERFORMANCE---RATHER THAN DESIGN---REQUIREMENTS OR STANDARDS. (3) AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE STAGE IN DEVELOPMENT OF REGULATIONS, CLOSE COMMUNICATIONS SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED BETWEEN INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT. INDUSTRY SHOULD COOPERATE FULLY IN HELPING GOVERNMENT FILL IMPORTANT POSITIONS AND LEND TECHNICAL MANPOWER AT THE NONPOLICY LEVEL. (4) CONTINUED STRESS SHOULD BE PLACE ON IMPROVEMENT IN COST/BENEFIT ANALYSES, WITH MAJOR PRIORITY PLACED WHERE THERE IS PROMISE OF THE GREATEST PUBLIC BENEFIT. (5) WHILE PUNITIVE ENFORCEMENT MEASURES MAY BE NEEDED IN CERTAIN INSTANCES TO ASSURE COMPLIANCE WITH GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS, AN ATTEMPT SHOULD BE MADE TO SEEK COMPLIANCE THROUGH INCENTIVES AND SELF-ENFORCEMENT TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE.

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    Transportation Association of America

    1100 17th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20036
  • Publication Date: 1971-9-22

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  • Accession Number: 00200505
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 23 1972 12:00AM