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Members of Congress Endorse RVIA’s CAFE Position to NHTSA

RVIA’s efforts to urge the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to give consideration to towing capability when setting new fuel economy standards was bolstered when letters signed by 13 Members of Congress were submitted to the agency.

Five United States Senators and eight Representatives signed letters asking NHTSA to consider towing capability as a vehicle attribute and to establish an adjusted target level for vehicles capable of towing significant loads.  The letters indicate that such a consideration is necessary “in order for vehicles used for towing recreation vehicles, trailers, boats, farm equipment, animals, and commodities to safely perform the functions required of them.”

Following the passage of a comprehensive energy bill in 2007 that contained increased Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for motor vehicles, NHTSA is now considering public comments on their proposed fuel economy standard rule-making for passenger cars and light trucks for model years 2011 to 2015.  The agency’s final decision on new fuel economy standards could have a substantial impact on the availability and safety of RV tow vehicles. 

The letters bearing the Congressional signatures were largely a result of RVIA members’ efforts during Capitol Hill Advocacy Day.

Signing on to the Senate letter were Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), and Senator George V. Voinovich (R-OH).  It can be viewed by clicking here.

The House letter was endorsed by Representatives Baron Hill (D-IN), Lee Terry (R-NE), Mark Souder (R-IN), Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Andre Carson (D-IN), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ken Calvert (R-CA), and Tim Walberg (R-MI).  It can be viewed at this link.

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