Trump Administration Preparing To Freeze Fuel Efficiency Penalties

The Trump administration is preparing to freeze penalties for car manufacturers who fail to meet fuel efficiency requirements across the United States, Reuters reports.

In 2015, congress ordered federal agencies to adjust a host of civil penalties to account for inflation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) under President Barack Obama then issued rules to raise fines from $5.50 to $14 for every 0.1 mile per gallon of fuel which new cars and trucks consume in excess of the required standards.

Unsurprisingly, automakers weren’t thrilled about this and said it could increase industry compliance costs by $1 billion annually. The Trump administration began the process of undoing the regulation shortly after being elected and first proposed the freeze in 2018.

Also Read: California Defies Trump Administration, Sticks With Obama-Era Fuel Economy Standards

The NHTSA believes freezing the increase penalty rate will cut the burden on industry and consumers by up to $1 billion a year.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM), which represents groups such as GM, Volkswagen, Toyota, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is (obviously) very pleased with the government’s decision.

“[The NHTSA’s] own model clearly shows the significant economic harm that such a dramatic and unjustified increase in penalties would have on auto manufacturers, workers, and ultimately consumers,” AAM spokeswoman Gloria Bergquist said. The group added that the Obama administration had failed to consider the economic harm which would be caused by the higher fines.

On the other hand, environmental groups aren’t at all happy and want the U.S. to retain the increase established under the previous administration, noting that fines have only increased from $5 to $5.50 since first being established more than four decades ago.

  • EyalN

    now VW can stop selling the DSG that doesn’t work

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Which version?

  • 2PacOfCarscoop

    Hate that orange man soo much…

    • TED Schmitt

      Still sore about the election…that’s a shame.

      • mailbox5

        He’s created a heck of a lot more jobs than the last guy in office.

        • Stigasawuswrecks

          What policies did he come up with to create all of those jobs?

          • JGreen

            The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is one. If you followed events, companies went crazy hiring, giving raises/bonuses and expanding when it was announced.
            Another is ending burdensome Obama regulations like the one in this article.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            They didn’t go on crazy hiring sprees and giving out bonuses galore. The job rate has been on the same steady decrease since like 2010 or 2011. They used that money to buy back stocks and that’s why stock prices have risen. Also, most received one time bonuses that equated to an extra $20 a week or ¢50 and hour. But the middle received a massive increase in what they’ve had to pay in taxes. And thanks to the removal of regulations, pollution and on the job accidents and deaths increased. Other first world countries seem to do just fine with more strict regulations so I don’t see how regulations are bad.

          • Callanish

            Complete fox news / CNBC / wall street journal crap. The tax benefits only rewarded the corporations who in turn bought back their own stock and the middle class, as usual, got completely shafted. The only bonuses went to the CEO’s and upper management. This crime spree administration and their cronies want everything for themselves while destroying everything that doesn’t reward them and they’re counting on people too stupid to notice that they’re being fleeced royally in every direction. Keep worshiping your false idol

          • Astonman

            The tax cut was so effective that we had to borrow over a TRILLION dollars for the shortfall. Third highest ever – in a GOOD economy. In September, we will have to raise the borrow ceiling again. In a good economy. Wrap your head around that for a second.

        • Enter Ranting

          Patently false statement.

      • 2PacOfCarscoop

        he cheated and is a K k K memeber

        • JGreen

          Prove it. One could say Obama is not an American citizen and a muslim. Why does the left hate so much?

          • 2PacOfCarscoop

            what’s wrong being a muslim now?

          • Enter Ranting

            I don’t know – has Drumpf figured out “what the hell is going on” with them yet? Or is he too busy tweeting insults like a 13 year old mean girl?

        • Paul Webster

          The delusional factor is off the charts in this one.

      • Smith

        Your pathetic

    • Nick099

      Waaaaa, waaaaaa, waaaa.
      Most fascists do.

      • Smith

        Wha Wha Wha and most racists, white supremacists don’t, but what has that got to do with anything..

        • Nick099

          Typical projection response.

      • Jesse Sahely

        I think you need to lookup “define: fascist”

      • MultiKdizzle

        Are you blind? The President is literally acting unilaterally, without Congress, and without Federalism, at the expense of consumers and the climate.

        He is the fascist, you brainwashed fool.

        • 2PacOfCarscoop

          Leave those folks alone, they wil never learn.. Viva Antifa!

          • Nick099

            Well you just proved my point there Skippy.

        • Nick099

          That’s the problem with folks like yourself. Long on arrogance but short on intellect and knowledge.

          The president is actually following the law with regard to these EPA regulations. This is the authority that he is exercising as given to him by Congress. It is the same authority that Obama used when he increased CAFE standards back in 2011 to reach 55 MPG by 2025.


          • AintYerPa

            I hate to say it, but you’re wasting your time with these fools. It’s like trying to EXPLAIN to a 2-year old WHY he can’t have a cookie..

            Conservatives use well-reasoned arguments to make their points, Liberals hurl insults and attempt to SHUT DOWN any position that doesn’t fall in line with their NPC groupthink…

            And I don’t see it ending anytime soon without something DRASTIC happening. But I won’t go further than that here.

          • MultiKdizzle


            The person you replied to just ended their post with imbecile.
            The current commander-in-chief can’t go a day without insulting someone on Twitter.

            And you have the gall to claim conservatives use ‘well-reasoned arguments’? You are living in an alternate universe with no semblance of reality.

          • AintYerPa

            You know… You’re right. Sometimes it does feel like I’m living in an alternate universe… Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right… Mirror universe and all… Just wake me up when we reach the bottom of the rabbit hole, please.

          • MultiKdizzle

            The problem with this county is buffoons like you who have no headspace to even consider the climate crisis.

            We are headed to an environmental catastrophe – just so oil companies can please shareholders. And the President is eager to go along – he couldn’t care less.


    • Mr. EP9

      Ok, I was wrong about you. You actually can get a response out of people.

      • 2PacOfCarscoop

        Dude, check Ca r scoop’s article “Kevin Hart’s Hellcat-Swapped Barracuda Is An Exercise In Sophistication And Power” Man, i got so mucccch food there. 🙂

    • jc914


  • Dude

    So if the 1 billion saved is distributed evenly over the 17 million cars sold every years that’s 60 bucks off every new car… that’s not at all worth freezing the penalties. This is really about the administration sucking off oil execs. It’s completely idiotic.

  • Quinten

    The sad thing is that all of the American manufacturers have been buying credits from Tesla in order to prevent getting these penalties, so now this is actually hurting them and helping nobody else. Every Japanese and European brand will meet the standards set under the Obama Administration because they have even tougher standards in the EU and in Asia. We’ll just be falling behind as other nations develop full EV charging infrastructures.

    Ya know, we wouldn’t have to go to war in the Middle East if we didn’t need their petrol. Wouldn’t it be smart to start constructing more solar farms and wind farms in the U.S. and encourage the use of EV’s? Our country could then run entirely on our own energy. You wouldn’t even have to make every car electric, just the bulk of the mainstream market. If we’re not constantly at war anymore, we could pull funding from the military without penalty and invest it in improving our infrastructure, which is absolutely horrible right now.

    • U8INIT

      Well said…

  • Matt

    It’s not ‘laziness’ on the part of automakers, but added compliance costs they would have to face. Not arguing for or against – but car companies don’t want to spend extra billions meeting stricter regulations when they don’t have to.

    • Bart

      Sure, but at the same time they’re willing to pay fines (but not too big, hence Trump’s decision). Laziness is a mild adjective for that.

  • Nick099

    Really Smitty? How many businesses do you own? Because all the people that I know are doing quite well under this President as opposed to the last true bumbling fool… and we are hiring. People are buying. The economy is roaring back after eight years of economic malaise.

    So according to you, this bumbling fool was able to do what the past genius could not. That’s kind of funny.

  • Enter Ranting

    The orange imbecile’s legacy will be his inferiority complex, his desperation to undo everything President Obama accomplished. It’s pathetic. And all of the racist moron’s “accomplishments” will be undone by his successor. Granted, that successor will have a huge mess to clean up.

  • Jesse Sahely

    Also… “Slavery in another form”… Now who is playing with definitions Mr Middle Aged Middle Class White American

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