Auto Alliance Statement on Introduction of Senate Legislation (S. 1273)


“Automakers commend the sponsors of this bi-partisan legislation for seeking to better align government programs to avoid unnecessary costs that ultimately are paid by consumers. We urge Congress to pass this legislation as soon as possible to help keep automobiles affordable to the widest range of customers.

“Vehicle fuel economy is regulated by both NHTSA and EPA. In 2012, when new standards were finalized, the government set an objective to harmonize the requirements of both agencies to avoid redundant, conflicting and costly programs. Despite this objective, significant inconsistencies continue to exist.

“Today, there are still separate regulatory programs, created under separate statutes, managed by separate regulatory agencies. As a result, the mechanics of the programs differ. Automakers could comply with requirements under the EPA program and still face fines from NHTSA for the same product portfolio because of the different structure of the CAFE program.

“This legislation will help better align the two regulations. Because the EPA program is not impacted, environmental benefits are preserved. The legislation will affect neither the targets or intended stringency of the programs nor the Midterm Evaluation.”