Regulation of the Motor Vehicle Industry

This chapter focuses on government regulation of the motor vehicle industry. Government regulation of motorists and motor vehicles, as opposed to the motor vehicle industry, began in the first decade of the 20th century. Significant regulation of the motor vehicle industry dates from the 1960s. Governments have also played a more direct role in regulating the motor vehicle industry through ownership of carmakers.


Safety and environmental concerns brought the imposition of mandates on carmakers. Since the 1960s, vehicles have been required to be equipped with devices that control noxious emissions, especially nitrogen oxide, particulates, and carbon monoxide. Since the 1970s, in response ...

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