January 31st, 2017 by Jessica Souto
(WASHINGTON, January 31, 2017) AAA’s President and CEO, Marshall Doney, has issued the following statement in response to the confirmation of Elaine Chao as U.S. Transportation Secretary:
“I commend the Senate for moving swiftly to confirm Elaine Chao as the nation’s 18th U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Ms. Chao’s commitment to public service is commendable and her previous service at U.S. DOT will serve her well as she advances the department’s goals to enhance the safety, efficiency and accessibility of the nation’s transportation system. AAA stands ready to work with Secretary Chao to identify solutions for transportation safety and funding challenges and intelligent transportation systems, automation and other shared priorities. AAA firmly believes that significant, additional investments are needed to maintain existing infrastructure and to enhance the nation’s system. We look forward to working with Secretary Chao to ensure that our transportation system is safe, reliable and efficient, and that the nation remains globally competitive in a rapidly changing economy.”
April 3rd, 2014 by AAA
WASHINGTON, D.C, (April 3, 2014) — “This week’s hearings regarding GM’s handling of the Cobalt ignition recall answered a few questions but raised more. With the benefit of hindsight, it is clear that NHTSA oversight failed to mitigate the admitted failure of GM to protect the interests of its customers.
While Mary Barra deserves credit for admitting GM’s shortcomings, the notion that a well-established corporate culture of cost can be swiftly replaced with a culture of safety begs further pondering. It is far easier to discuss corporate culture than to actually change it.
There is much more to be learned about what occurred and why. The Department of Justice inquiry should help determine whether the other dimension of the problem is weak legislation/regulation, or weak enforcement, or both.
What is not in doubt is that the motoring public is entitled to better than what we have already observed in this case.”