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Toward More Efficient Regulation of Vehicles


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Sperling, Daniel (1997) Toward More Efficient Regulation of Vehicles. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, Presentation Series UCD-ITS-RP-97-37

Presented at Conference on Emissions Policies and Regulations, Atlanta, GA, October 12 - 14, 1997

Fundamental changes are needed in the regulation of vehicle emissions, energy use, and safety. The regulatory system now in place worked moderately well in the past. But it is a rigid, and therefore inefficient system that inhibits innovation and the introduction of many attractive vehicle, fuel, and technology options. In this paper, I present a framework for a flexible and incentive-based regulatory system that would be more appropriate for guiding the complex transition to more benign fuels and vehicles.