Auto Lobby Group Urges Regulatory Relief from Trump Administration
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers asks for Harmonization of Rules
When the Obama administration announced ambitious fuel economy targets with the ultimate goal of a 54.5-mpg Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) average by 2025, many in the automotive industry believed the targets would be nearly impossible to achieve. The exploding popularity of SUVs and light trucks has made meeting the goal even tougher to envision. With the election of Donald Trump as the next president, the industry is hoping for some relief from the regulatory burden on the industry from Washington, D.C. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a lobbying group representing major automakers -- including General Motors, Ford, and Toyota -- sent the Trump transition team an eight-page letter asking for a “pathway forward” on final fuel efficiency standards through 2025 and a coordination of regulations from the various federal departments involved in the rulemaking process for the industry, Reuters reports.
The group called for a “robust examination” of the impact of “uncoordinated regulatory oversight” by as many as 10 federal and state agencies. While the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is a state agency, it has outsize power and influence due to the fact that it predates the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and more than a dozen states have adopted de facto policies that mirror CARB’s regulations. While a Trump administration could have some influence on agencies such as the EPA, NHTSA, and others, it would have little to no direct influence over CARB, other than the power of persuasion and negotiation in harmonizing rules between the Golden State and federal agencies.