A report released yesterday by The National Automobile Dealers Association and American Truck Dealers questions the Environmental Protection Agency’s cost analysis of 2004-2010 emissions control mandates. Data collected by ATD shows EPA’s cost undercut projected costs by as much as SEVENTY FIVE PERCENT.
As a result, ATD says, last decade’s emissions mandates resulted in substantially higher prices for commercial vehicles, which depressed vehicle sales and created massive disruptions in normal business cycles, as well as delaying the environmental benefits that the EPA originally sought.
“While EPA can mandate what truck and engine makers have to build, they can’t dictate what customers will buy,” said Dave Westcott, vice-chair of NADA, and President of Westcott Automotive in Burlington, N.C. Westcott was speaking on a conference call following the release of the study.
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