Share your ideas on DOT Regulations

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced on his blog today the launch of a website to collect comments for the Department of Transportation’s regulatory review. LaHood writes the measure is part of President Obama’s Executive Order, “requiring federal agencies to ensure that regulations protect our safety, health and environment while promoting economic growth.  He also ordered a review of existing rules to remove outdated or ineffective regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive.”

The website,, has been launched to provide a forum for anyone to submit comments to aid in the DOT’s regulatory review. “If you know of a rule that is outdated, ineffective, or excessively burdensome, this is your chance to participate and point us in the right direction,” LaHood writes.

To submit a comment, you first need to register with the site. To do so, click on “register,” in the upper right hand corner and follow the sign-up instructions. After signing up and logging in, click on the blue “submit your idea,” button. The DOT asks that in order ensure that ideas are most useful in informing their deliberation and decision process, you should include:

  • The citation to the regulation on which you are commenting (e.g. 49 CFR 1.69)
  • A description of any concerns regarding the regulation (e.g. it is duplicative, too costly, etc.)
  • Any supporting information (e.g., the citation to a duplicative regulation or actual cost or benefit data) that would assist DOT in making a decision.

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