Department of Transportation/Transportation Department (DOT)
- Homepage: http://www.dot.gov/
January 2011: 'The Department of Transportation doesn’t require airlines to compensate passengers for damages when flights are delayed or canceled, according to the Aviation Consumer Protection Division. Each carrier spells out how it handles canceled flights in a “contract of carriage,” which can be found on the airline’s Web site. Print this out before you head to the airport, so when issues arise you will have the pertinent pages on hand for reference and even show to an airline employee who may not be familiar with the details.'http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/01/30/travel/30prac-flightrights.html
July 2008: '"It is, sometimes, a weird idea" to weigh lives against other costs, acknowledged Jack Wells, chief economist for the U.S. Department of Transportation. "But, if you think about it, people behave that way all the time. . . . We could eliminate a lot of the [highway] fatalities by imposing a 10-mile-per-hour speed limit." But, he said, society implicitly tolerates greater highway deaths in return for the economic benefits of faster travel.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/18/AR2008071803235.html
June 2008: "The Transportation Department made its own fuel-economy proposals public almost two months ago; they were based on the assumption that gasoline would range from $2.26 per gallon in 2016 to $2.51 per gallon in 2030, and set a maximum average standard of 35 miles per gallon in 2020."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/25/washington/25epa.html
June 2008: "The Transportation Department negotiated a limit of 82 to 83 operations per hour at Newark Liberty International Airport and the same at Kennedy, and then imposed caps to keep the number from creeping up again, although peak-hour operations were higher last summer. The third major New York airport, La Guardia, is limited to 75 takeoffs and landings per hour. The caps at Newark Airport take effect on Friday."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/19/nyregion/19airports.html
June 2008: "The Transportation Department published rules for truck drivers in 2003 that took effect in early 2004, but a court threw them out in July of that year. The department put a new rule in place in August 2005, but parts of that rule were tossed out by a court last year."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/11/business/11pilots.html
March 2008: "Much of the language from Mr. Thompson’s bill was incorporated into the F.A.A.’s budget reauthorization that was approved by the House last September but is pending in the Senate. The United States Department of Transportation also has formed a task force that is formulating its own recommendations on how airlines should deal with planes stranded on the tarmac."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/26/nyregion/26passenger.html
July 2006: The Bush administration is following Congress's lead — but in a quieter way that is likely to undermine states even more. Its strategy to block California limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from cars (which 10 other states plan to adopt) is a case in point. Since 1967, California has been allowed to set its own automotive pollution limits, subject to limited review by the Environmental Protection Agency. But this spring, the Department of Transportation stepped in by inserting into its new fuel-economy standards for light trucks a statement that the exclusive federal authority to set fuel-economy standards bars California's emissions limits, because car manufacturers might comply with emission limits by increasing fuel efficiency. The car industry will surely use this to reinforce its position in court that California cannot set greenhouse-gas limits.http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/05/opinion/05mendelson.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Organization Mar 1, 2005 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Organization Jul 14, 2006 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) Organization Feb 27, 2005 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Organization Dec 26, 2006 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Organization May 4, 2005 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Organization Jun 14, 2005 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Organization May 4, 2005 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Organization Oct 4, 2011 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Organization Oct 24, 2005 Owned by (partial or full, past or present) US Federal Government - Executive Branch Organization Aug 4, 2004 Organization Executive (past or present) Elaine L. Chao Person Nov 7, 2005 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Senator Elizabeth Dole Esq., MA Person Feb 24, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) Kip Hawley Esq. Person Sep 26, 2006 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Rep. Ray LaHood Person Feb 18, 2010 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Rep. Norman Yoshiro Mineta Person Aug 4, 2004
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 22, 2007 The 'Open Skies' Deal Is Hindered by Protectionism (The Invisible Hand)
QUOTE: Under the terms of the deal, which was approved by European ministers today, the administration will once again ask Congress to ease the restrictions on foreign airline ownership, not that anyone seriously believes this Congress will do any such thing for this president. Trying, however, will bring its own reward, in the form of expanded access by U.S. airlines to the most lucrative international air hub: London's Heathrow.
Smart Money Feb 20, 2007 JetBlue woes spur call for fliers' bill of rights: Long waits for passengers caused by last week's ice storm in New York have prompted talk of customer-service regulation.
QUOTE: These two incidents have prompted outraged passengers and lawmakers like Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) of California to call for legislation that would require airlines to allow passengers to deplane after three hours, among other things. .... Groups like the Travel Insider are now circulating petitions online demanding a passengers bill of rights. ... The increase in delays, lost luggage, and packed planes is fueling the momentum.
Christian Science Monitor Jan 25, 2007 When Air Travel Goes Wrong, Here's How to Get Compensated
QUOTE: Chances are, you can get some form of reimbursement for your lost time or money — but don't expect the airlines to volunteer it. You have to be proactive about researching your rights and an airline's policies, and then making sure the airline holds up its end of the deal.
Smart Money Aug 11, 2006 Alaska queries BP shutdown of oil field as tax revenue is lost
QUOTE: BP is coming under increasing political scrutiny over its decision to shut down the Prudhoe Bay field. ..The state's governor, Frank Murkowski, said the authorities had been given "numerous" reports that the corrosion problem was being satisfactorily controlled before BP suddenly decided to close the 400,000-barrels-a-day field last weekend.
Guardian Unlimited Aug 04, 2006 More air passengers getting bumped
QUOTE: Airline passengers in the USA are getting bumped off flights more frequently than at any time in the last six years...
USA TODAY Jul 05, 2006 Bullies Along the Potomac
QUOTE: ...several recent federal actions have seriously weakened the states' efforts to protect health and the environment...bar states from addressing food-borne hazards,...limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from cars...authority over prescription drug labels...
New York Times May 03, 2006 NTSB Faults Crew in '04 Crash, Calls For Training
QUOTE: disappointed by the board's decision not to press airline operators to inform passengers of crew qualifications, especially when the aircraft operator contracts a flight to another airline.
Washington Post Apr 17, 2006 Boeing Parts and Rules Bent, Whistle-Blowers Say
QUOTE: Whether questionable parts ended up in hundreds of Boeing 737s is the subject of a bitter dispute between the aerospace company and Prewitt and two other whistle-blowers.
Washington Post Feb 25, 2006 A Move to Add Still More Fine Print to Advertised Airfares
QUOTE: ...if the large airlines win their lobbying battle to loosen industry advertising regulations, the proposed changes would give them leeway to also advertise fares that do not include the entire amount that the airline would receive. For instance, an airline could advertise a fare and then add a fuel surcharge, increasing the overall cost of the ticket.
New York Times Oct 18, 2005 Numerous Violations Alleged in Bus Fire
QUOTE: A government investigation after the accident found 168 alleged violations involving the four other buses in Global Limo's fleet, and the federal Department of Transportation has since ordered the company's vehicles off the road.
Washington Post Sep 27, 2005 Agencies' Rules Quietly Enable Tort Reform
QUOTE: Embedded in proposed federal regulations are provisions that would preempt lawsuits the Bush administration says conflict with federal standards... "The fact that manufacturers and drug companies want unconstitutional protection is nothing new," Suggs said. "The fact that this administration is complicit with it is a new development and a scary one."
Washington Post Jan 25, 2005 Report Sheds Light on Changing Role of Regulation
QUOTE: ...the administration's approach is to change the rules, not the underlying laws that have created long-standing regulatory programs. "We'll have a regulatory state that is more subterranean," Verchick said. "The Bush administration hasn't been interested in cutting back [on regulation] by statute." He noted that changing laws uses up political capital, while using the administrative process is less risky and noticeable.
Washington Post Jul 16, 2004 Treasury Dept. Picks KPMG as Auditor: Firm's Tax Shelters Under Investigation
QUOTE: The Treasury Department has tapped KPMG LLP as the first private firm to audit the agency's consolidated financial statements, even as the Treasury and Justice departments probe the accounting giant's marketing of potentially abusive tax shelters.
Washington Post May 07, 2004 Controllers' 9/11 Tape Destroyed, Report Says
QUOTE: Six air traffic controllers provided accounts of their communications with hijacked planes on Sept. 11, 2001, on a tape recording that was later destroyed...
Washington Post Jan 18, 2004 Northwest Gave U.S. Data on Passengers
Washington Post Oct 22, 2003 Tax Shelters Are a Boon To Agencies: Senate Panel Told of Lucrative Lease Deals
QUOTE: "It's hard to believe that city assets are helping tax shelter promoters. Roads and bridges built with tax dollars are leased out to shelter promoters so major corporations can get a phony tax deduction..."
Washington Post Aug 08, 2002 States Move to Halt Fraud in Licensing of Drivers
QUOTE: Sept. 11 Attacks Exposed Weaknesses [in licensing system] Nationwide
Washington Post Apr 17, 2002 Proposal Sets National Rules For State IDs: Privacy Issues Raised on Hill
QUOTE: Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) outlined legislation yesterday that would set national standards for state-issued driver's licenses, permitting rapid data-sharing among certain government agencies.
Washington Post Dec 14, 2001 American Airlines Requests Antitrust Immunity in Deal
QUOTE: American Airlines Inc. is seeking antitrust immunity for a marketing alliance with British Airways PLC, provoking a pitched battle with three competitors who see the Dallas-based airline capitalizing on strong fundraising ties to the Bush administration...
Washington Post Jan 01, 1111 Five Ways to Avoid Rip-Offs
QUOTE: Back in 1979 the Department of Transportation found that 53% of the costs associated with auto repair were unnecessary. At the time, that translated into a $26.5 billion loss to consumers. Unfortunately, things haven't gotten much better since...
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