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SAFETY PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

There are four programs in Safety Performance Standards. The Safety Standards Support Program conducts tests, gathers data, and conducts analyses in support of regulatory and non-regulatory alternatives to increase motor vehicle safety. The New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) conducts tests to evaluate the comparative crashworthiness and crash avoidance characteristics of passenger vehicles and to motivate vehicle manufacturers to provide higher levels of occupant protection by using market forces. The Fuel Economy Program monitors manufacturer progress in achieving established passenger automobile and light truck fuel economy standards and sets annual standards for light trucks as prescribed by law. The Theft Prevention Program establishes standards to reduce the number of motor vehicle thefts and provides information to the public on theft and recovery of passenger cars and light trucks.

Safety Performance Standards Program 
Contract Program Summary

(Dollars in Thousands)
PROGRAMS FY 2001 Enacted FY 2002 Enacted FY2003 Request +/- 02/03
Safety Standards Support $1,700 $2,550 $2,042 –$508
New Car Assessment Program $5,531 $5,231 $7,300 +$2,069
Fuel Economy Program $60 $60 $1,000 +$940
Theft and Other Programs1 $50 $50 $51 +$
Total $7,341 $7,891 $10,393 +$2,502

FY 2003 HIGHLIGHTS 

SAFETY STANDARDS SUPPORT 

NEW CAR ASSESSMENT PROGRAM 

FUEL ECONOMY 

THEFT PREVENTION PROGRAM 


SAFETY ASSURANCE

There are currently three programs in Safety Assurance. The Vehicle Safety Compliance Program ensures that motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment sold in the U.S. provide the safety benefits intended by federal safety standards. The Defects Investigation Program identifies and removes motor vehicles found to contain safety-related defects from the Nation's highways. The Odometer Fraud Program enforces federal odometer laws and regulations and encourages States to enforce their odometer laws aggressively.

Safety assurance Program 
Contract Program Summary

(Dollars in Thousands)
PROGRAMS FY 2001 Enacted FY 2002 Enacted FY2003 Request +/- 02/03
Vehicle Safety Compliance $6,974 $6,974 $7,500 +$526
Defects Investigation1 $7,579 $7,940 $8,110 +$170
Auto Safety Hotline1 $1,232 $0 $0 $0
Odometer Fraud $150 $150 $150 $0
Total $15,935 $15,064 $15,760 +$696
1Beginning in FY 2002, the Auto Safety Hotline's operating costs are shown under Operating Expenses, while the outreach portion is included in the Defects Investigation Program.

FY 2003 HIGHLIGHTS 

VEHICLE SAFETY COMPLIANCE 

DEFECTS INVESTIGATION 

ODOMETER FRAUD 


HIGHWAY SAFETY

There are three program offices in Traffic Safety Programs (TSP). The Office of Traffic Injury Control Programs (OTICP) provides national leadership in planning and developing programs directed at preventing and reducing highway crashes and resulting deaths, injuries, and economic costs. OTICP develops, coordinates, and facilitates the execution of demonstration programs, program development, technology development, technical assistance and information transfer activities aimed at improving traffic injury programs throughout the country. The Office of Communications and Outreach (OCO) is responsible for the development, marketing, and promotion of public information campaigns and materials in support of TSP programs. OCO develops programs implemented with public and private sector organizations, other federal agencies, and elected officials in support of TSP's goals and objectives. This office also supports coalition-building activities at the National, State, and local levels. The Office of Research and Traffic Records (ORTR) conducts research, demonstration, and evaluation programs supporting traffic safety programs related to driver, passenger, pedestrian, and cyclist behavior. ORTR also develops, tests, and evaluates countermeasures aimed at reducing or eliminating unsafe actions and crash generating situations. The office also develops and coordinates a program of research and demonstration, and also technology and information transfer related to traffic records, driver licensing and driver education.

highway Safety Program 
Contract Program Summary

(Dollars in Thousands)
PROGRAMS FY 2001 Enacted FY 2002 Enacted FY2003 Request +/- 02/03
Impaired Driving $9,817 $12,317 $9,576 –$2,741
Ped/Bicycle/Pupil Transportation $1,295 $1,295 $1,263 –$32
Motorcycle $661 $661 $645 –$16
Drugs, Driving and Youth $1,196 $1,196 $1,167 –$29
National Occupant Protection $10,953 $12,953 $11,183 –$1,770
Traffic Law Enforcement $2,192 $2,192 $2,138 –$54
Emergency Medical Services $2,245 $2,245 $2,189 –$56
Records and Licensing $2,591 $2,591 $2,527 –$64
Highway Safety Research $7,277 $7,277 $7,098 –$179
New/Emerging/TEA-21 Issues $1,196 $1,196 $1,167 –$29
Share the Road $500 $500 $500 $ 0
NOPUS $600 $600 $600 $ 0
National Driver Register $1,110 $1,110 $1,110 $ 0
Total $41,633 $46,133 $41,163 –$4,970

FY 2003 HIGHLIGHTS 

IMPAIRED DRIVING PREVENTION  

OCCUPANT PROTECTION 

Occupant protection activities are guided by the goals of increasing national seat belt use and reducing child-related fatalities.

PEDESTRIAN, BICYCLE AND MOTORCYCLE SAFETY 

TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT 

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES 

HIGHWAY SAFETY RESEARCH 

EMERGING ISSUES 

TRAFFIC RECORDS, DRIVER LICENSING & DRIVER EDUCATION 

NATIONAL DRIVER REGISTER 


RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

There are four major programs in Research and Analysis. The Crashworthiness Research Program includes Crashworthiness and the National Transportation Biomechanics Research Center. Together they promote transportation safety through continuing research on vehicle safety, vehicle aggressivity and compatibility, human injury criteria, and by improving occupant safety in crashes involving passenger cars, light trucks, and vans through developing advanced air bags and other crash countermeasures and using a family of dummies for safety performance evaluation. The Crash Avoidance Research Program focuses on passenger and commercial vehicle research including visibility, directional control and braking, and rollover stability. The program also includes use of advanced technologies under the Intelligent Vehicle Initiative (IVI) of the Department's Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program. The agency also undertakes driver-vehicle safety research including human factors research to evaluate the safety potential and effectiveness of various collision avoidance countermeasures. The National Center for Statistics and Analysis collects and analyzes high quality, large-scale vehicle crash databases that are used by both public and private sectors to support critical highway traffic safety, vehicle regulatory, and safety recall programs. The Vehicle Research and Test Center serves as NHTSA's in-house R&D test laboratory.

research and analysis Program 
Contract Program Summary

(Dollars in Thousands)
PROGRAMS FY 2001 Enacted FY 2002 Enacted FY2003 Request +/- 02/03
Crashworthiness/NTBRC $23,453 $23,038 $23,038 $0
Crash Avoidance $11,214 $10,990 $9,673 –$1,317
National Center for Statistics and Analysis $21,721 $22,320 $22,320 $0
Vehicle Research and Test Center $950 $990 $990 $0
Total $57,338 $57,338 $56,021 –$1,317

FY 2003 HIGHLIGHTS 

CRASHWORTHINESS

NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION BIOMECHANICS RESEARCH CENTER

CRASH AVOIDANCE RESEARCH

NATIONAL CENTER FOR STATISTICS AND ANALYSIS


GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

There are three programs in General Administration. The Program Evaluation Program determines the effectiveness of vehicle regulations and highway safety programs. The Strategic Planning Program develops, updates, and publishes the agency's Strategic Plan and studies of emerging problems as a basis for setting agency policy, in addition to providing a wide range of planning support to agency programs. The Economic Analysis Program develops methods to quantify the economic consequences of motor vehicle injuries in forms suitable for agency use in problem identification and evaluation, regulatory analysis, priority setting, and policy analysis.

GENERAL ADMINISTRATION Program 
Contract Program Summary

(Dollars in Thousands)
PROGRAMS FY 2001 Enacted FY 2002 Enacted FY2003 Request +/- 02/03
Program Evaluation $468 $468 $478 +$10
Strategic Planning $89 $89 $91 +$2
Economic Analysis $86 $86 $88 +$2
Total $643 $643 $657 +$14

FY 2003 HIGHLIGHTS 

PROGRAM EVALUATION

Evaluations provide objective quantitative information to aid in making decisions on present and future rulemakings and programs. This information helps to determine if the objectives of regulations and programs are being achieved, and if not, the information can help identify changes in the rule or program that may result in the achievement of the intended goals and objectives. To determine the cost effectiveness of regulations, as called for in Executive Order 12866, cost studies of motor vehicle equipment are performed. The following activities in FY 2003 contribute to the evaluation of regulations and programs: 

STRATEGIC PLANNING

The role of Strategic Planning within NHTSA is to help set organizational direction, provide agency leadership in cross-cutting program planning, and lead the agency in organizational improvement initiatives. For FY 2003, Strategic Planning objectives are: 

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

The Economic Analysis program develops and modifies scientifically sound methods for quantifying the economic and social consequences of injury and fatality resulting from motor vehicle crashes. The Economic Analysis program plans to conduct the following activities in FY 2003: 

HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY GRANTS

The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) authorized funding for numerous highway safety grant programs for the States in FY 2003, including the following programs under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: the Section 402 State and Community Grant Program provides for a coordinated national highway safety program. All States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Trust Territories, and Indian Nations are provided with formula grants to encourage and facilitate implementation of effective programs to improve highway safety. The Section 405 Occupant Protection Incentive Grant Program awards grants to States that adopt or demonstrate specific laws and programs, such as primary safety belt use laws and special traffic enforcement programs, to increase seat belt and child safety seat use. The Section 410 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Incentive Grant Program encourages States to enact stiffer laws and implement stronger programs to detect and remove impaired drivers from the roads. The Section 411 State Highway Safety Data Improvements Incentive Grant Program encourages States to take effective actions to improve the timeliness, accuracy, completeness, uniformity, and accessibility of their highway safety data.

highway traffic safety grants 
Program Summary

(Dollars in Thousands)
PROGRAMS FY 2001 Enacted FY 2002 Enacted FY2003 Request +/- 02/03
Section 402 State and Community Formula Grant Program $154,659 $160,000 $165,000 +$5,000
Section 405 Occupant Protection Incentive Grant Program $12,971 $15,000 $20,000 +$5,000
Section 410 Alcohol-Impaired 
Driving Incentive Grant Program
$35,921 $38,000 $40,000 +$2,000
Section 411 State Highway 
Safety Data Improvements
$8,980 $10,000 $0 –$10,000
Total $212,531 $223,000 $225,000 +$2,000

FY 2003 HIGHLIGHTS 

SECTION 402 
STATE AND COMMUNITY GRANTS
 

SECTION 405
OCCUPANT PROTECTION INCENTIVE GRANTS
 

SECTION 410
ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVING INCENTIVE GRANTS
 

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