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Dealers outline job-killing regulations as new Congress convenes

January 7, 2011
Dealer advocates used the Jan. 5 opening of the 112th Congress to highlight some of the undue regulatory burdens dealers face which hinder job creation.
In a letter to new House Oversight and Investigations Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the NADA said the cumulative effect of the staggering number of federal rules has impaired dealers’ ability to grow their businesses and expand their workforce.
The NADA urges action on recent fuel economy/greenhouse gas (GHG) rules, which impact vehicle cost and availability. The association notes that the joint rules adopted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency for model years 2012-2016 exceed congressional mandates and are duplicative.
The NADA supports the NHTSA rule and argues it would have provided a superior public policy and environmental outcome. The letter further contends that these new fuel economy mandates will force manufacturers to build vehicles whether or not there is public demand for them.
It also warns that the EPA likely will grant another pre-emption waiver for California’s next fuel economy/GHG rulemaking as early as this year, an action which would further kill jobs; California is not required to consider job loss outside of California when drafting its rules.
The letter also addresses credit-related regulations, such as the Red Flags and Risk Based Pricing Notice rules, which make granting credit more costly and burdensome without providing a substantial benefit for car-buyers.