EPA Announces Plan For More Clean and Efficient Fleetsby Jake Tully - Published: 8/22/2016
With the EPA announcing plans for trucks to reduce greenhouse gases, drivers getting the lead out may take on an entirely new meaning.
A three-stage plan has been proposed by the EPA for reduction in oil consumption and emissions for trucks, vans and buses in a plan that will save carriers nearly $170 billion dollars overall.
According to the EPA, the plan’s third phase will be executed by 2027, and will see an overall reduction of carbon emissions of nearly 25% the current emission rate.
“This is going to be a huge economic opportunity for those in the trucking industry, whether they are owner-operators or large fleets,” reports U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
In response to the new regulations, the American Trucking Association gave their endorsement, albeit a cautious one.
ATA Vice President and environmental expert Glen Kedzie says that the Association is pleased with realistic timelines that are not intended to hurt the economic part of the industry, and that flexibility has been provided for within the plan.
Said Kedzie, ““However, while the potential for real cost savings and environmental benefits under this rule are there – fleets will ultimately determine the success or failure of this rule based on their comfort level purchasing these new technologies.”
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The EPA estimates that the new regulations will add at least $6,400 to the cost of a semi-truck beginning at the time the 2021 model rolls out and may cost an additional $12,440 by 2027. Fox reports that the payback – based upon fuel expense reductions – will take change in approximately two years for big rigs, approximately four years for work trucks and heavy-duty pickups and vans will see payback in three years.
In regards to small fleets and businesses, the implementation of plans and procedures is delayed by one year and the certification requirements for companies to implement these changes will be modified and simplified, reports the EPA.
While some large companies that are dependent on mass shipping by fleets for their business are in favor of these new regulations, many independent drivers and owner-operators see some fault in the legislation.
Mike Thomas, an independent contractor of nearly 30 years said that he believes these new regulations will ultimately hurt himself and others like him.
“For someone like me that regularly works with small companies in the Western States, we have enough regulations as is,” said Thomas. “It’s just going to add more stress to their practices and make them spend more money. I’m afraid it’ll tank a lot of businesses before it gives back to them.”