Passenger Automobile Average Fuel Economy Standards

by Council on Wage and Price Stability on February 3, 1977
by Council on Wage and Price Stability


 On October 26, 1976, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) of the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed rules under which automobile manufacturers might petition NHTSA to obtain modifications in federal requirements to improve the average fuel economy of new cars (41 FR 46878). In addition, NHTSA described procedures it would follow in acting on such petitions. Comments on the proposal were due on December 27, 1976, but an extension to January 3, 1977 was granted for this filing.



The NHTSA proposal is designed to implement portions of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (Public Law 94-163; “Act”). Under Section 502 (a) (l) of the Act, manufacturers must improve the fuel efficiency of their products so that on average, new passenger automobiles achieve mileages of 18 miles per gallon (mpg), 19 mpg, and 20 mpg, for model years 1978, 1979, and 1980, respectively. The Act, however, specifies that under certain conditions manufacturers may obtain modifications of this requirement upon approval from NHTSA, and these conditions and procedures are the subject of the instant proposal. 


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