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HIGHWAY USERS FEDERATION REORGANIZES

 WASHINGTON, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Highway Users Federation Chairman Robert A. Lutz today announced a dramatic refocusing of the mission and programs of the 61-year-old Highway Users Federation for Safety and Mobility, which will include restructuring its Washington headquarters and field operations.
 "We are redefining the mission of the federation in response to unprecedented changes that are taking place in highway transportation, and in anticipation of growing challenges at the local, state and federal levels," Lutz said.
 "Although Americans are relying more than ever on highway travel, government policies are increasingly at variance with the needs of the American people and business. Because of this, we need a refocused Federation program," Lutz added.
 An 18-month transition, beginning immediately, "will give businesses and individual motorists a stronger voice in transportation policies," Lutz said. "Our goal is to keep Americans and American commerce moving safely."
 The transition will include:
 -- Restructuring the Washington staff to increase emphasis on policy
 analysis, public affairs and public sector advocacy.
 -- An enhanced communications effort aimed at increasing the number,
 diversity and political involvement of highway transportation and
 roadway safety advocates around the country.
 -- Redefining the federation's relationship with its 50 affiliated
 state highway users organizations by replacing its current eight
 full-time regional offices with 20 to 25 specialized public
 affairs contractors charged with developing targeted grassroots
 outreach programs.
 -- Increasing the federation's outreach in the 26 major urban areas
 where highway transportation problems, especially with goods
 movement, are most acute.
 Lutz said that Lester P. Lamm, president of the federation since March 1986, will continue in that capacity. Lamm is a former executive director and deputy administrator of the U.S. Transportation Department's Federal Highway Administration.
 "Our recovering economy needs safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation," Lamm said. "However, job creation, economic growth and the international competitiveness of our companies is being challenged by well-meaning, but poorly conceived policies.
 "Proposals are being considered to improve air quality by imposing limits on the number of vehicles per household, high congestion tolls, subsidies and mandates for costly new fuels, restrictions on the delivery of products in urban areas, mandated changes in trips to work, and other similar restrictions on mobility," Lamm added.
 "While the intention of these policies is to improve the quality of the environment, many will have a negative impact on transportation. It doesn't need to be that way. Environmental progress and safe transportation are not competing goals," Lamm said.
 "Automobile scrappage programs that remove the biggest polluters from the road, emphasis on forming carpools and construction of HOV lanes that reduce the number of single occupant vehicles through rewards instead of penalties are policies America needs to adopt now," Lamm said. "The new Highway Users Federation will advance the kind of pro- mobility, pro-environment solutions that benefit all Americans."
 Lamm announced that the new mission, endorsed by the federation's executive committee last month, would:
 -- Explain and promote the role of automotive transportation in
 providing U.S. mobility, safety and individual freedom of choice,
 and
 -- Position the federation as the foremost proponent of American
 business interests in highway development and roadway safety.
 Lutz explained the staff has been instructed to fully develop the new program, mission and structure for approval by the board and membership at the organization's annual meeting in November.
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 /CONTACT: Gerald M. Bastarache of the Highway Users Federation, 202-857-1200/


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