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Statement of U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater Concerning Senate Passage of Motor Vehicle Safety Defect Investigation Legislation

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Statement of U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater Concerning Senate Passage of Motor Vehicle Safety Defect Investigation Legislation

U.S. Department of Transportation
October 12, 2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 12, 2000
Contact: Bill Adams
Tel.: (202) 366-5580
DOT 199-00

I am pleased that both the Senate and House have taken a tremendous step forward in addressing critical motor vehicle safety concerns uncovered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) on-going Firestone tire investigation. I salute everyone who worked to shape this essential measure.

I want to commend members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, especially Chairman John McCain, Ranking Member Ernest Hollings and Senator Richard Bryan. Senators Patrick Leahy and Harry Reid also played key roles. On the House side, let me note the important contributions of Commerce Committee Chairman Thomas Bliley, Ranking Member John Dingell, Subcommittee Chairman W. J. Tauzin, and Congressmen Edward Markey and Fred Upton. Safety and consumer groups were particularly helpful, as well.

Both the House and Senate bills contained several of the provisions proposed by the Clinton-Gore administration. The end result is a measure that gives NHTSA the authority to seek and receive information on potential defects; provides sufficient funding to complete its expanded responsibilities; and establishes the authority to impose stiffer penalties to ensure compliance with U.S. motor vehicle safety laws.

Throughout the Clinton-Gore administration, safety has been our highest transportation priority. This legislation will unquestionably save lives and prevent injuries. It is critically needed legislation, and everyone who played a part in winning passage is to be commended.

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