New light-duty vehicle standards announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) this month take into account comments submitted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Government Affairs department during the rule-making procedure, according to RVIA Express.
In comments submitted earlier this year, RVIA emphasized the importance of retaining towing capability for light-duty trucks. The new rules, which apply to the 2012-2016 model year passenger cars and light-duty vehicles (SUVs up to 10,000 pounds and smaller pickup trucks), take steps to preserve towing capacity while promoting improved fuel economy.
In recognition of the importance of towing, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) did not include engine downsizing in their feasibility assessment.
“Had they done so, the standards would have been more stringent,” said RVIA Vice President of Government Affairs Dianne Farrell. “EPA and NHTSA went against suggestions from environmental groups that they establish a single standard for the entire light-vehicle fleet instead of separate standards for cars and light trucks. The groups agreed with RVIA’s contention that light trucks deserve a less-stringent standard than cars because of towing and other features that affect fuel consumption and that are unique to light trucks.”
“RVIA is glad to see that the towing capability of light trucks has not been significantly impacted by the new standards,” she said.
For a detailed assessment of the new rules for light-duty trucks, contact RVIA’s Senior Director of Government Affairs Jay Landers at (703) 620-6003 ext. 354 or firstname.lastname@example.org.