2014 US Trucking News – Obama Mandate on Fuel Efficiency Hurts US Truckers
President Barack Obama made a statement on the implementation of planned fuel-efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers’ Association (OOIDA) supports small business and owner operators. They said that President Obama’s proposal about fuel-economy standards may put the cost of new trucks and equipment “out of reach for many of America’s hard-working professional truckers.”
President Obama has also said the mandate does not need the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in order to work with DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to reinforce fuel economy standards and reduce the amount of emissions.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is an agency of the United States Federal Government to protect human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. The EPA was proposed by President Richard Nixon and began operation on December 2, 1970, after Nixon signed an executive order.
Manufacturers selling automobiles in the US are required to provide EPA fuel economy test results for their vehicles and the manufacturers are not allowed to provide results from alternate sources. The fuel economy is calculated using the emissions data collected during two of the vehicle’s Clean Air Act certification tests by measuring the total volume of carbon captured from the exhaust during the tests.
OOIDA, as well as a lot of other trucking supporters, have warned that these brand new standards would make the cost of new trucks skyrocket, which would force a lot of other smaller carriers to hold onto older equipment.
OOIDA is known as the biggest national trade association. It symbolizes the interests of small-business trucking professionals, as well as professional truck drivers. OOIDA has 150,000 members nationwide. It was first recognized in 1973. Its headquarters are located in Greater Kansas City, Montana area.
The EPA has also estimated that the 2014-2018 emission standards would add approximately $6,200 to the cost of a new truck.
In addition, the EPA and NHTSA would also coordinate with CARB with the goal of ensuring that the next stage of standards allows manufacturers to continue to build a single national fleet.
OOIDA says the proposal does not address the current driving habits of professional drivers or how to help them achieve better fuel economy through proper training.
Spencer has also pointed out that different studies have revealed that the largest variable spotted in the fuel economy is the driver. Drivers account for around 30 percent of fuel consumption. And yet, these drivers are not even taught how to maximize fuel economy.
In his speech, President Obama said that heavy-duty trucks make up just 4 percent of vehicles on the roads, but they emit 20 percent of CO2 emissions from the transportation sector, the second most polluting sector of the U.S. economy. And big trucks used over 28 billion gallons of gasoline in 2011. Taking these figures into consideration, it’s easy to see how the new rules could have a climate impact. Michelle Robinson of the Union for Concerned Scientists told the New York Times that the new standards could bring down oil consumption by one million barrels per day by 2035.
Todd Spencer, the executive Vice President of OOIDA, has said that shock and awe are the best ways to discuss what is going on with the huge bulk in trucking with these relations. He also mentions that every year, for the past decade, more and more truckers are getting pressed out of the choice to purchase new equipment.
Spencer has also commented that they were not talking about some 60-watt light bulbs here where poor performance or premature failure is a minor inconvenience. Large trucks are vital tools, essential to the American economy and our way of life, and most truck operators are small-business people just getting by.
This newest fuel-efficiency directive would also entail enhancements to truck engines, power trains, aerodynamics and more. This would also include AUPs.
The restrictions when it comes to greenhouse gas pollution from trucks would unite with the preceding rules which require passenger cars and light trucks to burn fuel more efficiently and pending rules to limit the carbon emissions of power plants. Experts say that this type of approach should allow President Obama to meet his target of reducing the amount of carbon pollution in the United States by 17% from 2005 levels by 2020. But they said he would still be far short of his goal of an 80 percent reduction by 2050.
President Obama mentions at a Safeway grocery distribution center, that improving the mileage of gas for these trucks will drive down the significance of oil even further. This lessens the amount of carbon pollution, reduces the fuel costs of businesses, and could pay off in lower prices for customers.
Truck and car manufacturers in the US have strongly campaigned against the forceful increases in federal fuel economy standards, saying that they could raise the prices of vehicles as well as reduce safety. More broadly, Republicans say that the president should not all alone enforce what is considered as burdensome rules on wide swaths of the energy economy when Congress has opted against its own intervention.
This announcement was a piece of the President’s declaration in his State of the Union address to proceed with his agenda. But even though a lot of the measures taken afterwards have been somewhat diffident, such as requesting a study of programs in job training, one aspect in which President Obama has the ability to take more sweeping action.
America’s biggest group of medium- and heavy-duty truck drivers have also turned into critics of President Obama’s new laws about the fuel economy, which has been said would put the price of new trucks out of reach of many truckers
President Obama has also established three categories of vehicles. These include vocational vehicles, heavy-duty pickup trucks, vans, and combination tractors.
The category on vocational vehicles includes most medium-duty trucks. These include delivery trucks and refuse trucks, as well as buses. According to a report by the White House, Manufacturers of these vehicles would be needed to lessen the amount of fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent by 2018.
Those who manufacture heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans that are powered by gasoline or diesel engines are required to accomplish a reduction of 15% when it comes to fuel consumption and emissions by 2018. While Big rigs in the category of combination tractors are needed to accomplish a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions of 20% by 2018.