US DOT requests auto fuel efficiency research

US Transportation Sec. Norman Mineta last week asked Congress to allow his department to begin a rulemaking leading to research into accelerated corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards.In a letter to key lawmakers, Mineta said, "Consistent with the president's National Energy Policy, I would like to work with you and the Congress to allow the National Highway Traffic Safety Ad- ministration to start right away with its rulemaking process under current law to improve vehicle fuel efficiency standards."Riders attached to appropriations bills in past years have prohibited the Department of Transportation from renewing its research into CAFE standards, which require automakers to ...

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