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GSA and NHTSA Launch Partnership to Test Vehicle Safety Devices

General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced they have teamed up to test and evaluate potential vehicle safety devices on all GSA leased vehicles. GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini and NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the initiative's launch this morning, delivering on the Administration’s commitment to ensuring driver and vehicle safety.Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced they have teamed up to test and evaluate potential vehicle safety devices on all GSA leased vehicles. GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini and NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the initiative's launch this morning, delivering on the Administration’s commitment to ensuring driver and vehicle safety.

How will the partnership work?

GSA and NHTSA will work together to:

  • Develop a process to learn about the most beneficial vehicle safety technologies
  • Create a research program to pilot and evaluate safety technologies/approaches for the federal vehicle fleet
  • Improve the way information on potential defects, problems and issues are coordinated between the agencies
  • Ensure that federal vehicles subject to recalls are repaired as quickly and comprehensively as possible
  • Incorporate the most current understanding of safety technologies and approaches into the government-wide fleet policy.

The Administrators weigh in:

GSA Administrator Tangherlini said, “Hi-tech innovation plays a critical role in everything we do here at GSA, from ordering basic supplies with a simple tap of a screen to controlling energy consumption for millions of square feet of federal space with one click. We’re excited to bring this same level of innovation to the federal fleet program in an effort to adopt the best safety measures possible for federal drivers and the American people.”

According to NHTSA Acting Administrator Friedman: "Safety is our top priority, that’s why NHTSA is excited about teaming up with GSA to help ensure the right vehicle safety technologies are available across the federal fleet and that valuable information is shared across agencies so we can help make our roadways the safest in the world."

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