This Tenth Annual Report to the Congress summarizes the activities of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) during 1985 regarding the implementation of applicable sections of Title V: "Improving Automotive Fuel Efficiency," of the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act (15 U.S.C. 1901 et seq.), as amended (the Act). Section 502(a)(2) of the Act requires submission of a report by January 15th of each year. Included in this report are sections summarizing rulemaking activities during 1985 and a discussion of the use of advanced automotive technology by the industry as required by Section 305, Title III of the Department of Energy Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-238). Title V of the Act requires the Secretary of Transportation to administer a program for regulating the fuel economy of new passenger cars and light trucks in the United States market. The authority to administer the program has been delegated by the Secretary to the Administrator of NHTSA, 49 C.F.R. 1.50(f). NHTSA's responsibilities in the fuel economy area include: (1) establishing and amending average fuel economy standards for manufacturers of passenger automobiles and light trucks as necessary; (2) promulgating regulations concerning procedures, definitions, and reports necessary to support the fuel economy standards; (3) considering petitions for exemption from established fuel economy standards by low volume manufacturers (those producing fewer than 10,000 passenger cars annually worldwide) and establishing alternative standards for them; (4) preparing reports to Congress annually on the progress of the fuel economy program; (5) enforcing the fuel economy standards and regulations; and (6) responding to petitions concerning domestic production by foreign manufacturers and other matters. To date, passenger car fuel economy standards have been established by the Congress for model years (MYs) 1978 through 1980 and for 1985 and thereafter, and by NHTSA for the 1981 through 1984 model years. In addition, during 1985 NHTSA amended the MY 1986 passenger car standard. Standards for light trucks have been established by NHTSA for MYs 1979 through 1987. All current standards are listed in a table.

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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 27 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00491245
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-806 926
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1990 12:00AM