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Dr. Samir Ahmed, PhD, PE, the Chief Engineer of the Federal Highway Administration’s motorcycle crash causation study has resigned, saying that he had “serious reservations about the value of the study.”

According to Motorcycle Consumer News, the doctor, in a parting email, wrote, “I am writing to let you know that I am no longer working on the motorcycle crash causation study. I have serious reservations about the value of study with the existing FHWA involvement. My expectations of the study are very low.”

Mandated by the busy-bodies in Congress, the study was supposed to collect date from 1,200 crashes. However, the cost of the study soon doubled, which led to a reduction of the study’s scope. Instead, data from 120 crashes, or 10% of what was originally planned, is being collected.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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