May 15th, 2014 by admin
(WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014) “AAA applauds the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for quickly moving a bipartisan transportation reauthorization bill. It is now up to the Senate Commerce, Banking and Finance Committees to prevent a transportation crisis by acting swiftly on their portions of the bill so this legislation can move to the Senate floor for debate.
Chairman Boxer appropriately cited the option of raising the federal gas tax to address the looming Highway Trust Fund bankruptcy. AAA supports this viable and effective solution, provided the additional funds are invested in transportation improvements that benefit motorists. We urge Chairman Wyden and Ranking Member Hatch to commit to a vote on this solution in addition to the other funding mechanisms that will be considered by their committee.”
May 13th, 2014 by admin
“AAA welcomes Senators Boxer, Vitter, Carper and Barrasso’s bipartisan transportation bill that increases transparency of how federal dollars are spent. We are encouraged to see leaders in Washington addressing the transportation crisis with detailed proposals rather than general fund bailouts. AAA looks forward to reviewing the details of this bill, and we are pleased it maintains the ban on interstate tolling.
“It is now up to the Senate Finance Committee to consider how Congress will fund this bill. AAA urges Chairman Wyden and Ranking Member Hatch to keep all options on the table by committing to a vote on an increase in the federal gas tax in addition to the other funding mechanisms that will be considered by the committee. AAA, like many, recognizes that a federal gas tax increase is the most viable and effective option available, provided the additional funds are thoughtfully invested in transportation improvements that ease congestion and increase safety.”
May 8th, 2014 by Kerrie
“AAA applauds Senators Boxer, Vitter, Carper and Barrasso for their collaboration on bipartisan transportation legislation that will be introduced next week. We look forward to reviewing the bill upon its release. The onus is now on the Senate Finance Committee to consider how to fund this bill. AAA urges Chairman Wyden and Ranking Member Hatch to commit to holding a committee vote on an increase in the federal gas tax in addition to the other transportation funding options that will be considered. AAA, along with a broad set of stakeholders, recommends a federal gas tax increase as the most viable and effective option, provided the additional funds are thoughtfully invested in transportation improvements that ease congestion and increase safety.”
May 3rd, 2014 by admin
“This morning the nation lost a true champion of transportation. Former Chairman Oberstar worked tirelessly to restore the “trust” to the Highway Trust Fund and his leadership, expertise and character should serve as an example in Congress for years to come. AAA had the pleasure of awarding Congressman Oberstar with our “Transportation Leaders Award” in 1998 for his efforts to promote a better, safer transportation system, and he epitomized this leadership throughout his 18 terms, whether it was boosting the share of federal dollars used for traffic safety improvements or putting the interests of system users first when it came to innovative transportation finance approaches. Thank you to the people of Northeast Minnesota for sending such a principled and thoughtful leader to Washington, and thank you to Congressman Oberstar for your years of service to this nation. You will be sorely missed.”
April 30th, 2014 by admin
“The legislation sent to Capitol Hill by President Obama and Secretary Foxx yesterday was not only an important step in starting a robust discussion on how we fund the nation’s roads and bridges, but it also works to address the disturbing trend of recall shortcomings that are front of mind for motorists. This includes recent reports that General Motors was again reluctant to act to recall vehicles with potentially life-threatening defects. These continued reports of some manufacturers weighing the cost of recall against that of inaction, and choosing the latter, must be addressed.
As Secretary Foxx put well yesterday, fines on automakers need to be ‘more than a rounding error’ to ensure compliance. AAA believes that increasing potential penalties from their current maximum of $35 million to $300 million would be a step in the right direction. Similarly, it is appropriate to strengthen the recall process and provide DOT with both the authority and obligation to require manufacturers to quickly remove automobiles from the market when a dangerous defect is discovered. Likewise, rental car companies should participate in the recall of unsafe vehicles AAA will continue to support swift action to protect the safety of American motorists.”
April 29th, 2014 by admin
WASHINGTON, D.C, (April 29, 2014) – “AAA applauds Secretary Foxx and President Obama for being the first out of the gate with legislation that would improve the nation’s roads and bridges, enhance driver safety and provide a more reformed and accountable federal transportation program.
“The GROW AMERICA Act contains no earmarks, no Bridges to Nowhere — instead, it delivers on the core responsibility of the federal government, which is to facilitate interstate commerce, enhance personal mobility, make our roads safer and keep America globally competitive in a rapidly changing world.
“The recommended funding levels in this bill are robust and consistent with the levels independent experts have been telling us for years are necessary. They should send a clear message to Congress that swift action is needed to avert a transportation crisis.
“While AAA is still reviewing the bill language, this proposal does continue the trend of addressing the Highway Trust Fund shortfall with a solution that is short-term and politically palatable rather than long-term and fiscally responsible. AAA is encouraged that the Administration is taking the lead in laying out the goal of a multi-year reauthorization bill, however corporate tax reform and other one-time patches must not be the only funding solutions considered. AAA continues to believe that an increase to the federal gas tax is the most effective and sustainable funding mechanism, provided the additional funds are thoughtfully spent on transportation improvements that ease congestion and increase safety.
“AAA looks forward to working with President Obama, Secretary Foxx and Congress in the coming weeks to pass legislation that improves our transportation system for the benefit of all Americans.”
April 2nd, 2014 by admin
WASHINGTON, D.C, (April 2, 2014) – “AAA agrees with Chairman Ryan that user fees should be a guiding principle of the Highway Trust Fund. User fees are deficit neutral and provide predictable funding on which state and local transportation officials can rely.
“However, Ryan’s budget plan will not provide an appropriate level of investment necessary to build and maintain the nation’s 21st century transportation system. The significant cuts he is proposing will hamper investments in safety, further delay needed bridge improvements and hamper mobility in and around congested urban areas.
“The best solution for the near term would be a fiscally responsible proposal — such as increasing the federal gas tax coupled with improved accountability — that adds additional revenue to the Highway Trust Fund and helps make America globally competitive over the long term.”
March 31st, 2014 by admin
WASHINGTON, D.C, (March 31, 2014) – “AAA supports NHTSA’s announcement requiring that automakers install rear view cameras on all passenger vehicles by 2018. Rearview cameras can help prevent needless injury and death among our nation’s most vulnerable citizens.
Rearview cameras can be very useful in detecting people and objects behind the vehicle, but there are limitations as with any technology. Drivers will still need to turn and check blind spots behind and to the side of the car while backing up in order to ensure safety.”
AAA Urges the President and Congress to Address Long-Term Funding Needs Statement by Bob Darbelnet, AAA President and CEO
March 4th, 2014 by admin
(WASHINGTON, March 4, 2014) “The President’s budget provides essential funds over the next four years for the nation’s transportation system and AAA is encouraged by Secretary Foxx’s pledge that his department will submit a full reauthorization proposal to Congress in the coming months. However, AAA remains concerned with Washington’s tendency to make short-term fixes that only patch, not solve, the U.S. transportation funding crisis.
“Once again, policymakers are settling on politically palatable revenue generators instead of setting the stage for the transportation program to return a meaningful reauthorization and funding process. These sorts of “solutions” can only provide funding for limited term bills and assure only that we avert, not solve this crisis.
“AAA continues to believe that the gas tax represents the most viable, responsible and effective mechanism to achieve the goal of sustaining a transportation system that supports a vital U.S. economy, provided the additional funds generated are thoughtfully spent on transportation improvements that ease congestion and increase safety. AAA urges the President and Congressional leaders to make choices that serve U.S. interests in the long-term, instead of short-term fixes.”
February 26th, 2014 by admin
“AAA is encouraged that President Obama and Congress are finally focusing on the funding of our nation’s transportation system and the goal of a long-term reauthorization bill, however corporate tax reform and other one-time patches must not be the only funding solutions considered.
“AAA agrees with a large group of diverse transportation stakeholders that a gas tax increase is the most viable, responsible and effective near-term solution to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent. AAA also recognizes that new and innovative proposals, including public private partnerships, tolling and the vehicle miles travel tax, must be carefully evaluated as potential long-term successors to the gas tax. But it will take time to properly pilot test and evaluate new alternatives.
“AAA will continue to be part of those long-term funding discussions, but immediate action is necessary to secure a near-term funding solution for our nation’s transportation system.”