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Comments of The Competitive Enterprise Institute on the “Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles" Rule

October 26, 2018

The Trump administration's Safer Affordable Fuel Efficiency standards will save consumer's money, benefit the economy, and save lives.

"[L]ess stringent [fuel economy mandates] would produce significant social benefits including, most importantly, a sizable reduction in deaths and injuries attributable to  [corporate average fuel economy standards (CAFE)]. However, as discussed below, it is just as clear that the agencies (collectively referred to as DOT in the discussion of the safety issue below) have not gone far enough in making CAFE more lenient. DOT failed to consider the possibility of freezing CAFE at an even more lenient standard than currently exists, nor did it consider making its proposed freeze take effect sooner than MY 2020. However, as DOT’s own analysis strongly indicates, doing so would lead to even greater benefits and an even greater reduction in CAFE-related deaths and injuries."
SAM KAZMAN is general counsel of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-market advocacy organization headquartered in Washington DC. Mr. Kazman has long been involved in public interest litigation and policy analysis.