American Highway Users Alliance

American Highway Users Alliance
American Highway Users Alliance
Type Non-profit organization
Industry Automotive, Lobbyist, Non Profit
Founded 1932[n 1]
Headquarters Washington, DC
Key people Greg Cohen, President and CEO
Revenue $808,138 USD (2007)[1]

The American Highway Users Alliance (informally Highway Users, previously Highway Users Federation, National Highway Users Conference), is USA a non-profit advocacy group representing many businesses in the automotive and road construction sector. The organization, which was founded by General Motors and others in 1932, merged with the Automotive Safety Foundation and Auto Industries Highway Safety Committee in 1970.

It lobbies for sustained investment in the highway system and claims to have been "instrumental in the passage of virtually all major highway and traffic safety legislation over the past 75 years".[n 1] It argues that all revenue from US fuel taxes should be used to fund road projects. It publishes research proposals relating to specific highway expansion proposals and regular reports that highlight the most congested roadways in the country.

The organization advocates that further development of the highway system would reduce congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve Road Traffic Safety.


Officers and directors

The following officials and roles were listed on organisation's IRS Form 990 in 2010. Other interests have been added referenced:

A further 18 directors are listed, including senior executives from: Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Toyota Motor North America, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association, Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, Chevron, Lafarge North America Cement Division, CITGO Asphalt Refining Company and others.[1]


The organisation was founded as the 'National Highway Users Conference' in 1932 by Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., then president of General Motors, and other industry leaders. Its aim was to advocate for funding of highways to be maintained during the Great Depression.[n 1]

The 'Automotive Safety Foundation' was founded in 1937.[n 2]

They organisation financed the 'Auto Industries Highway Safety Committee' in 1947, subsequently renamed the 'Dealers Safety and Mobility Council'[n 3]

In 1970 the 'National Highway Users Conference', 'Automotive Safety Foundation' and the 'Auto Industries Highway Safety Committee' were merged to create the 'Highway Users Federation'.[n 4]

In 1995 the organisation was renamed the 'American Highway Users Association'. In the same year the 'Automotive Safety Foundation' was renamed the 'Roadway Safety Foundation'.[n 5] The new President and CEO, William D. Fay, said that the organization would be "dedicated to more successful and aggressive issue advocacy" on behalf of the highway community.[n 6]

In 2004, Greg Cohen, formerly staff to the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee became the new President and CEO.

The AHUA was lobbied for both the TEA-21 highway and transportation bill in 1998 and for the SAFETEA-LU highway and transportation bill in 2005.[citation needed]. It was member of the Global Climate Coalition which operated between 1989 and 2002 and which 'vigorously opposed' the Kyoto Protocol.[8] It is opposed to the American Clean Energy and Security Act in 2009 'dramatically raise the price of highway fuel through a hidden tax on the carbon present in the fuel'.[9]


See 'References' section below for source documents relating to these notes and for further references
  1. ^ a b c Historical Milestones The Highway Users and its predecessors have been instrumental in the passage of virtually all major highway and traffic safety legislation over the past 75 year
  2. ^ Historical Milestones page 1
  3. ^ Historical Milestones page 1
  4. ^ Historical Milestones, The Highway Users Federation was formed by the merger of the Automotive Safety Foundation (ASF), National Highway Users Conference (NHUC), and the Auto Industries Highway Safety Committee
  5. ^ Historical Milestones, page 1
  6. ^ Historical Milestones,Under the leadership of then President and CEO William D. Fay, The Highway Users was reorganized and dedicated to more successful and aggressive issue advocacy on behalf of the highway community.


Documents referenced from 'Notes' section
Other references
  1. ^ a b Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (IRS Form 990). American Highway Users Alliance. 2007. 
  2. ^ "Norman Mineta, Former Transportation Secretary, to be 2007 Commencement Speaker". ucla. Retrieved 2010-10-28. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta Joins Hill & Knowlton". Hill & Knowlton. 2006. Retrieved 2010-10-28. 
  4. ^ "Bill Graves, ATA President & CEO". American Trucking Associations. Retrieved 2010-10-28. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "ROY E. LITTLEFIELD, Ph.D.". Retrieved 2010-10-28. 
  7. ^ "Greg Cohen". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2010-10-28. "Greg Cohen’s Summary Licensed Professional Engineer Registered lobbyist - federal govt. & Congress Greg Cohen’s Specialties: Lobbying, media relations, grassroots organization, association management. Professional Staff House T&I Committee (Transportation/Trucking/Railroad industry) 2000 — 2002" 
  8. ^ Dauncey, Guy; Mazza, Patrick (2001-01-01). Stormy weather: 101 solutions to global climate change. ISBN 0-86571-421-5. 
  9. ^ "What Other Industries Are Saying About the Waxman-Markey Climate Bill". National Petrochemical & Refiners Association. "From a June 24, 2009 Legislative Alert issued by the American Highway Users Alliance (emphasis added): “The Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill will dramatically raise the price of highway fuel through a hidden tax on the carbon present in the fuel. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that this bill will raise the price of gasoline by 77 cents over the next decade. And unlike a traditional fuel tax increase, none of the revenue raised will be spent on highways.”" 

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