Car makers get a break under new Trump administration ruling

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US automakers got a big break last week when the Trump adminstration suspended an Obama-era regulation that penalized them for failing to meet fuel-efficiency standards.

After Congress ordered federal agencies to adjust existing penalties in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued rules that more than doubled fines — from $5.50 per 0.1 mile to $14 for the same distance — for automakers that consume more fuel than standards allow.

The rules issued under former President Obama called for a fuel efficiency average of 46.7 miles per gallon by 2026, while the Trump administration’s rules call for 37 miles per gallon, according to published report in The Hill.

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