ATA Hopes Emissions Compliance Continues Smoothly
New emissions standards have been in the works for quite some time in the trucking industry. A greater emphasis on environmentalism in the past decade led to multiple discussions about how commercial vehicle emissions should be approached.
But while many within the industry were eager to adapt to these changes, one of the main issues has always been the cost of the transition. Thankfully, these concerns were taken into consideration as new standards were developed. ATA’s continued involvement with the EPA and NHTSA has helped to ensure meeting compliance wouldn’t mean hurting an industry.
ATA Vice President and Energy Environmental Counsel Glen Kedzie said: “ATA developed and adopted a set of 15 guiding principles to serve as our major parameters for inclusion in the final rule. We are pleased that our concerns such as adequate lead-time for technology development, national harmonization of standards, and flexibility for manufacturers have been heard and included in the final rule.”
The 10-year transition period continues with a new set of standards being passed by the Obama administration. ATA officials were hopeful, but cautious. A diverse array of carriers and organizations have made their voices heard when it comes to the transition into a cleaner industry.
ATA CEO and President Chris Spears wanted to ensure that all factors were considered when it came to legislation concerning one of trucking’s biggest expenses. He said: “While today’s fuel prices are more than 50% lower than those we experienced in 2008, fuel is still one of the top two operating expenses for most trucking companies That’s why our industry has worked closely with both the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the past three-and-a-half years to ensure these fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards took into account the wide diversity of equipment and operations across the trucking sector.”