Global Automakers and the Auto Alliance submitted a joint petition for reconsideration of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Civil Penalties to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on August 1, 2016. In the petition, the Associations seek reconsideration of the portion of the Interim Final Rule (IFR) that applies to civil penalties under the CAFE program and the CAFE standards at 49 C.F.R. Parts 531 and 533.
The Associations and their members requested that DOT reissue a new IFR that applies the inflation adjustment to the base year of 2007. Further, that any such penalty increase should 1) not apply to open model years; 2) impose a smaller increase for the first penalty adjustment (either the adjustment applicable to the 2007 baseline or such other smaller increase as NHTSA determines by rulemaking); and 3) provide overall consistency with the goals and directives of the CAFE statute.