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Court Blocks Trump Effort to Delay Boost in ‘Gas Guzzler’ Fines

April 23, 2018, 7:26 PM

Automakers will face steeper penalties if they fall short of annual U.S. fuel economy targets after a federal court blocked a Trump administration move to delay a scheduled increase in the fines.

The ruling by a federal appeals court in New York overturned a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decision last July to indefinitely delay a rule to more than double the value of the fines from taking effect. Several states including New York, California, and Vermont sued and alleged NHTSA’s move was unlawful. Environmental groups also sued the Trump administration over the delay.

Since the mid-1970’s, automakers have been...

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