The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is urging association and industry members to provide comments on a rule being jointly proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that would issue the first-ever Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, the RVIA reported in a news release.
Typically these standards have only impacted lighter-weight vehicles, but the new proposal would include the RV industry’s most popular tow vehicles – pick-up trucks between 8,500 and 10,000 pounds – as well as most motorhomes, beginning in 2014.
EPA and NHTSA have issued an NPRM (a notice of proposed rulemaking) that provides specific information concerning the proposed standards. Comments on the proposed rule are being accepted until Jan. 31.
“RVIA has long worked with regulators and lawmakers to address the need for adequately powered tow vehicles as miles per gallon standards have been considered for cars and light trucks,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. “We are continuing this important effort to insure the needs of the RV industry are addressed as this new proposal is considered.”
RVIA has already met with NHTSA and EPA to provide specific information about the impact these new standards would have on the RV industry. While RVIA members are being encouraged to provide their own comments, RVIA will also submit formal comments and urges members to contact Jay Landers, senior director of government affairs (email@example.com) to incorporate any key RV industry message points.