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Regulatory: Regulation of Transportation under the Obama Administration

Under the Obama administration, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has been unusually active in devising and implementing regulatory initiatives and enforcement programs. The overall pattern appears to be that DOT's activities seek to de-emphasize highway transportation and to promote other forms of transport.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been aggressive in pursuing defective Toyotas and has required recalls of millions of vehicles with faulty accelerators. NHTSA also has jointly issued with EPA a rule that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and require automobile manufacturers to increase substantially the average fuel economy standards for cars sold in model years 2012 to 2016.

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John Cooney

John F. Cooney is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Venable.

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