Washington — Major automakers are seizing on the infancy of President-elect Donald Trump's administration to mount a push to ease regulatory headaches faced under President Obama, including potentially slowing the rise of fuel efficiency requirements.
In a letter to Trump's White House transition team Nov. 10, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers proposed that the new administration pause a key step in the ongoing midterm evaluation of the Obama administration's 2025 fuel economy and greenhouse rules until Trump's administration can “lead efforts” with regulators and automakers on “a pathway forward” for the final four years of the rules.
The Alliance called the rules, which become increasingly stringent starting in model year 2017, a “substantial challenge” for the industry. While the industry has expressed support for the broader efficiency and environmental goals of the program, automakers are concerned about the timing and costs of the rules, which will require billions of dollars in investment.
The proposal is among a series of policy and regulatory recommendations submitted to the Trump transition team aimed at streamlining the industry's regulatory obligations. Taken together, they signal that automakers view the early stages of Trump's administration as a key opportunity to secure regulatory reforms that they say create friction and drive up vehicle costs.
“We live at a moment where technology and change are swamping the regulatory capacity to manage our emerging reality. Reform is imperative,” Alliance CEO Mitch Bainwol said in the letter, obtained by Automotive News. Automotive News is a sister publication of Plastics News.
Trump himself has vowed a broad review of existing regulations that threaten jobs and a moratorium on all new regulations.