NHTSA Official James Tamm to be a Part of NAFA I&E Session

Tamm will play a key role in a session at NAFA’s 2015 Institute and Expo conference on Thursday morning, April 16.

Princeton, NJ, April 12, 2015 --(PR.com)-- James Tamm, a top National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) official who has been heavily involved in the drafting of proposed regulations rulemaking regarding Phase 2 fuel efficiency and greenhouse-gas emissions will play a key role in the Lightning Rod Regulatory and Legislative Issues session at NAFA’s 2015 Institute and Expo in Orlando, Florida. The session takes place on Thursday morning, April 16.

Tamm will share the stage with NAFA's legislative counsel in Washington D.C. Patrick O'Connor, President of the firm Kent & O'Connor. Tamm will provide attendees with an overview of the objectives for the Phase 2 standards and urge fleet managers to participate in the rulemaking process. This rulemaking is of special interest to many NAFA members as a primary focus of the standards will be work trucks.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that the proposed Phase 2 regulations for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, originally planned for publication in March, will be delayed until June.

The proposal is pending final review by the White House Office of Management and Budget prior to publication in the Federal Register,

The joint EPA-National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed rule will address fuel-efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty on-highway vehicles for model years beyond 2018 but likely would not take effect before 2020, according to EPA. The Phase 2 rule will follow the first-ever greenhouse-gas emissions and fuel-efficiency standards issued in 2011.

Tamm, Fuel Economy Division Chief with Office of Rulemaking at NHTSA, leads the Fuel Economy Division which is responsible for establishing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations for passenger cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles, and fuel efficiency regulations for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and work trucks. The division is also responsible for reviewing and approving manufacturer petitions for alternative CAFE standards, and implementing consumer information programs, including regulations for some content on the fuel economy label and new regulations for alternative fuel badges on light-duty vehicles.

NAFA’s 2015 Institute & Expo, which takes place April 14-17 at the Orange County Convention Center, is regarded as the fleet industry event of the year. Fleet professionals from throughout the world attend to learn about the latest technologies, best practices, and industry trends from over 60 hours of fleet educational sessions. In addition, the conference features an Expo Floor with more than 250 vendors showing the latest products and services.

The 2015 I&E includes a powerful keynote presentations from motivational speaker and author Shawn Achor; a special panel featuring OEM executives (Fritz Ahadi, Ford; Frank Dankovich, FCA USA; Ed Peper, GM; and Paul Jontig, Toyota); and Fleet Management Company Executives Tom Callahan, MBA, President, Donlen Corporation; Chris Conroy, President, ARI; Daniel Frank, President, Wheels Services, Wheels, Inc.; James Halliday, President and CEO, Element Fleet Management; Michael Pitcher, President and CEO, LeasePlan USA; Greg Tepas, President and CEO, EMKAY Inc.; and Kristi Webb, President and CEO, GE Capital Fleet Services.

For more information on NAFA’s 2015 Institute & Expo visit nafainstitute.org.

About NAFA Fleet Management Association

NAFA is the world’s premier non-profit association for professionals who manage fleets of sedans, public safety vehicles, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for organizations across the globe. NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location or fleet composition. NAFA’s Full and Associate Members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance and repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 3.5 million vehicles including in excess of 1.1 million trucks of which 350 thousand are medium- and heavy-duty trucks. For more information visit nafa.org
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