As promised, once the AMA received a response addressing our concerns regarding the new U.S. Department of Transportation’s Integrated Highway Safety Program Office (IHSPO), we would share it with you.
In a conference call, officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration responded to our letter on behalf of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The officials said the idea behind the office will be a “synergy out of data” and will be a virtual office used as a clearinghouse to avoid duplicate data.
This virtual safety office will be available for the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the NHTSA.
However, the officials informed the AMA that the current budget for the NHTSA does not include funding for the IHSPO. They did inform us that the FMCSA does include $5 million in its budget for the safety office but it’s unclear what the $5 million would be used for.
Therefore, it appears the DOT will have a new IHSPO soon!
You can count on the AMA to continue to get more information on this new safety office and how it will affect you—the motorcyclist.