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U.S. House Subcommittees Hold Joint Hearing on Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards for Motor Vehicles

Today, the Subcommittee on Environment and the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection held a joint hearing entitled “Update on the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Program (CAFE) and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Motor Vehicles. Witnesses included:

Mr. Mitch Bainwol 
President and CEO, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

Mr. John Bozzella 
President and CEO, Global Automakers

Dr. Dave Cooke 
Senior Vehicles Analyst, Clean Vehicles Program, Union of Concerned Scientists

Mr. Forrest McConnell III 
President, McConnell Honda & Acura, on behalf of The National Automobile Dealers Association

In his opening statement, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) stated, “We want to know how these different regulatory schemes impact consumers, and learn more about better ways to ensure the federal fuel economy standards are met, without creating unnecessary paperwork or administrative burdens that serve only to drive up costs for American families. As currently constructed, it has been estimated that these programs will raise the average price of a new vehicle by almost $3,000 – that is no small amount and one that will undoubtedly price many Americans out of the new car market. Although the goals of these varying programs are important, we must never forget that we do in Washington has a real impact on consumers across the country.”

To watch the full hearing, please click here.

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GAO Releases Report on Automated Vehicles

A new GAO report recommended that DOT establish a plan to combat safety and infrastructure challenges posed by self-driving cars and light-duty trucks.

The report noted that DOT recently created a group to lead policy development, but the agency has not announced a timeframe or delineated the type of work the group is expected to do.

GAO recommends that DOT develop a comprehensive plan to better manage departmental initiatives related to automated vehicles. DOT concurred with the recommendation. To see the full text of the report, click here.

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