Prices of US heavy duty equipment to rise

US introduces first-ever heavy duty emissions rules

Barack Obama, hosted an ifthar at the White House earlier this week. Photo: Getty Images
Barack Obama, hosted an ifthar at the White House earlier this week. Photo: Getty Images

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Barack Obama’s introduction of the first-ever set of regulation measures for truck fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions has drawn a mixed response from the industry.

The new rules which are expected to cut diesel use by 4 gallons per 100 miles by 2018 are also expected to increase the cost of new trucks by as much as $6,220.

While we were working to improve the efficiency of cars and light-duty trucks, something interesting happened,” President Obama said in a statement. “We started getting letters asking that we do the same for medium and heavy-duty trucks. They were from the people who build, buy, and drive these trucks. And today, I’m proud to have the support of these companies as we announce the first-ever national policy to increase fuel efficiency and decrease greenhouse gas pollution from medium and heavy-duty trucks.”

The new Heavy-Duty National Program measures, crafted by the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency, specify that heavy-duty trucks should expect a 20% reduction in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by model year 2018.

Manufacturers that are already developing technology for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and machines have largely welcomed the new measures as a progression on existing off-road engine standards such as Tier III B and the upcoming Tier IV.

"Environmental regulations can often be difficult for industry, adding cost and complexity,” says Rich Freeland, Cummins' engine business president. “So early on, Cummins set out with the goal of helping the government establish a clear, consistent, challenging and enforceable regulation that recognizes the needs of business and provides incentives to companies that create innovative technologies as well as jobs in this country.

"This regulation will add real value for our customers as better fuel economy lowers their operating costs while significantly benefitting the environment."

However not everyone in the US have welcomed the mandatory scheme. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) called it a "flawed, one-size-fits-all rule" which "ignores input from small-business trucking" that
“overlooks less expensive options to achieve reduced emissions, and will ultimately increase new truck costs."

“By totally ignoring the impact on small-business trucking, the EPA has demonstrated yet another example of our wretchedly broken regulatory process,” said Joe Rajkovacz, director of Regulatory Affairs for OOIDA. “Congress should take action when they return in September to rein in the bureaucracy and push forward regulatory reform legislation that has already been introduced.”

 

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