Manufacturers seek law changes
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (ALAM) is waiting for a reply from a letter they sent President-elect, Donald Trump. The eight-page letter, which was reported by Reuters, highlighted the need to revise fuel efficiency mandates and autonomous vehicle policies under the Obama administration. ALAM includes General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Toyota Motor Corp and sent a letter which stated that "technology and change are swamping the regulatory capacity to manage our emerging reality. Reform is imperative." The letter also seeks a "robust examination" of the combined impact of "uncoordinated regulatory oversight" by at least 10 federal and state agencies. It urges creation of a new timetable for regulators to respond to industry requests and seeks that regulators adopt a "whole car cost analysis" for new vehicle regulations. In September, the Obama administration said it was considering seeking the power to review and approve technology for self-driving cars before they hit the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must decide by April 2018 whether the 2022 through 2025 model year requirements for fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions should be changed or not.