April 27, 2006

Bush seeks hikes in passenger car fuel standards

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration formally
asked Congress on Thursday for authority to overhaul fuel
economy standards for passenger cars, which have not changed in
16 years.

Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said in a letter to
House and Senate leaders that the step was needed to lessen
dependency on imported oil.

The administration in March upped fuel standards for sport
utility vehicles and pickups to 24.1 miles per gallon by 2011.
Cars must now average 27.5 mpg.