An Act To establish a Department of Transportation, and for other purposes

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  • The Congress finds that the establishment of a Department of Transportation is necessary in the public interest and to assure the coordinated, effective administration of the transportation programs of the Federal Government. It is hereby declared to be the national policy that special effort should be made to preserve the natural beauty of the countryside and public park and recreation lands, wildlife and waterfowl refuges, and historic sites. The establishment of the Department of Transportation is described with the creation within the Department of a Federal Highway Administration; a Federal Railroad Administration; and a Federal Aviation Administration.
  • The Secretary of Transportation shall carry out the provisions of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 (80 Stat. 718) through a National Traffic Safety Bureau. The Secretary shall also carry out the provisions of the Highway Safety Act of 1966 (80 Stat. 731). All functions, powers, and duties of the Secretary of Commerce and other offices and officers of the Department of Commerce under laws and provisions of law relating generally to highways are hereby transferred to and vested in the Secretary of Transportation. A list of these laws relating generally to highways is included.


  • United States Federal Aviation Administration
  • United States Federal Highway Administration
  • United States Federal Railroad Administration
  • Highway Safety Act of 1966
  • National Highway Safety Bureau
  • National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966
  • National Traffic Safety Bureau
  • United States Congress
  • United States Dept. of Transportation


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 80 Stat. 931
  • Title 05, Government Organization and Employees
  • Public Law

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Statutes at Large

Contained within

80 Stat. 931 (1966); Pub. L. No. 89-670 (Book)

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  • 1967
  • 10/15/1966


  • Transportation
  • United States. Dept. of Commerce
  • Traffic safety
  • Motor vehicles


Public Law

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Number of pages: 4; Page Numbers: 931-32, 937-38

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