EPA and NHTSA Waiting for Comments on Heavy Truck Fuel-Efficiency Regulations


With a pair of public hearing in the books, the trucking industry can now officially submit comments on the proposed rulemaking that seeks to create fuel mileage and emission standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

It was believed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that medium-and heavy-duty trucks can get 10 to 20 percent better fuel economy and 20 percent decrease in damaging emissions utilizing technology that exists today. The end of July 2011 is the date the regulators say when a final rule could be in place. The model years targeted for the enhancements to be made at the manufacturing level are from 2014-2018.

The figure for fuel exhaustion and emissions are based on goals by President Obama that was set in May.

In November 30, Tuesday, NHTSA officially published the proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register.

Comments on the 306-page proposed rulemaking are being sought by the regulators, in addition to NHTSA’s environmental impact statement draft, which is an appendage to the proposed rule.

The comments on the proposed rulemaking will be accepted by the EPA and NHTSA for 60 days, due for comments will be on or before Jan. 31, 2011.

Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is preparing to submit comments on the proposed regulation.

The proposed rules would influence model years 2014-2018 of combination tractors, heavy-duty pickups and vans, and vocational vehicles at the manufacturing level. The list of criteria of "existing technology" that could be implemented are aerodynamics, lighter materials, speed limiters, and anti-idling technology.

OOIDA leadership is worried with the additional costs that will be slapped on to new trucks. Association leadership assumes a lot of small-business truckers may not be able to have the means for new trucks and will therefore hang on to their old equipment longer.