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FTC eliminates label burden

April 26, 2013
Effective May 31, the Federal Trade Commission no longer will require a special label for new alternative-fueled vehicles. After weighing public comments, the FTC moved to consolidate the labels required on AFVs with those required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The National Automobile Dealers Association had strongly advocated for this change, arguing that alternative-fuel information on the FTC label duplicated that found on the EPA’s revised fuel economy label.
The FTC also has eliminated its AFV label mandate for used vehicles, ruling that such labels were of limited usefulness for consumers yet imposed undue regulatory burdens on dealerships.
The label disclosures, in place since 1995, require labels that provide information such as driving range and fuel type, to help consumers comparison shop.