Proposed emissions rule could lead to lawsuits, uncertainty

A leaked copy of the revised emissions standards sent by the U.S. Department of Transportation to the White House would freeze emissions standards at 2020 levels through 2026. California would no longer be allowed to set its own tougher standards.


President Trump has met with auto industry executives in the past several months, and they asked for a slower path to tougher emissions standards. But they are also anxious for a single national standard. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has asked the Trump administration to consider ways to keep California in the discussions.


If the Trump administration cancels the California waiver that has existed since the 1960s, lawsuits are sure to follow, and they could drag on for some time and the auto industry could be mired in uncertainty.


The California waiver is important for WANADA dealers because Maryland and DC follow California’s standards, and Virginia follows national standards.


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