NHTSA, EPA Reopen Truck Fuel Efficiency Rules To Public Comment

Date: March 04, 2016

Union Concerns Over Rules’ Impact On Manufacturers Key To Reconsideration

Reuters reports that the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that they are reopening the comment period for proposed rule to toughen emissions requirements for medium and heavy duty trucks through 2027. The decision came after leaders of the United Auto Workers met with NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind and other Washington, DC officials, where they expressed concerns that the final rule could “have serious impacts” on manufacturers if it “pushes the stringencies too far,” according to the NHTSA readout of the meeting. The UAW lobbying effort comes as a decline in orders for heavy trucks has accelerated, and union officials told NHTSA that they were seriously concerned over whether manufacturers would be able to remain financially solvent and maintain production levels, payrolls, and pension obligations if the proposed rule was too stringent.

What This Means For Small Business

The Obama Administration’s proposed medium and heavy duty truck emission standards would increase production costs, and the UAW’s concern over the impact of the regulation for truck manufacturers is telling. Overly burdensome government regulations ultimately affect small business owners disproportionately. The NHTSA and EPA should take the impact of the regulation’s costs on every segment of the economy, including small business, to heart.

Additional Reading

Fleet Owner also reports on the move by NHTSA and EPA requesting additional comments on the revised Greenhouse Gas Emission Model (GEM) for the proposed truck efficiency rule.

Note: this article is intended to keep small business owners up on the latest news. It does not necessarily represent the policy stances of NFIB.

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