Trucking Organizations Wary About EPA/NHTSA New Emissions Standards

June 22, 2015

The EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are jointly proposing a comprehensive Phase 2 National Program that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption for new on-road heavy-duty vehicles.

The proposed standards are expected to lower CO2 emissions by approximately 1 billion metric tons, cut fuel costs by about $170 billion and reduce oil consumption by up to 1.8 billion barrels over the lifetime of the vehicles sold under the program

American Truck Dealers and National Automobile Dealers Association, were leery of the agencies’ optimistic financial predictions.

"Affordable transportation is the bedrock of the American economy, and adding – by the Administration's own estimate – an average of just under $12,000 to the cost of a new truck through mandates based on potentially untested technologies is a great risk to a still-fragile economy,” the groups said in a statement.