By now, we all know that the Mayans weren’t correct. The world did not end on Dec. 21, 2012, but anyone involved in trucking is certainly facing a number of problems and might feel as though the Mayans were onto something. These include emission and mileage standards; the California Air Resources Board; SmartWay; Compliance, Safety, and Accountability; EOBRs (electronic logging devices); driver shortages and employee turnover.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have announced a program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve fuel efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty trucks for model years 2017 and beyond. Tractors will be required to achieve up to an approximately 20% reduction in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by model year 2018. Delivery trucks will be required to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 10% by model year 2018.