Trump Delays Start of Auto Industry’s Higher Penalties For Not Meeting Fuel Requirements

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced it has delayed implementation of the higher penalty amounts for auto industries that do not meet fuel efficiency requirements.

The delay will save the industry hundreds of millions of dollars. The fines were set to increase $14 from $5.50 for every 0.1 mile per gallon new cars and trucks consumed in excess of required standards.

NHTSA granted a petition from the Alliance for Automotive Innovation to delay the increase to $14 to the 2022 model year through an interim rule.

“Today’s interim rule ensures that the increased CAFE civil penalty rate will not be applied retroactively to previous model years, or with design and manufacturing plans that cannot be changed to improve fuel economy,” NHTSA said in its statement.

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