Canadian Trucking Alliance

Canadian Trucking Alliance

May 21, 2010 15:12 ET

Canadian Trucking Alliance Looks Forward to Working With Government on GHG Regulations

"The devil is in the details"

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 21, 2010) - The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) responded positively to today's announcement by Environment Minister Jim Prentice that the governments of Canada and the United States will undertake the process of developing new greenhouse gas emission regulations for heavy duty trucks, saying, "Today's announcement will hopefully lead to technology, regulatory and taxation reforms that will help eliminate the fuel efficiencies lost by heavy trucks over the last few years because of federal smog control regulations," said Stephen Laskowski, Senior VP, Canadian Trucking Alliance. "Fuel is either the first or second leading cost for a trucking company," said Laskowski. "So intuitively a regulation designed to reduce this cost should be welcomed by our sector, but the devil will be in the details."

In the last decade heavy truck engines have undergone a series of dramatic emission reductions related to particulate matters and nitrogen oxide. Today the new trucks coming out of the factory are virtually smog free. However, while these new trucks are virtually smog free, the engineering required to make this environmental achievement occur causes more fuel to be burned creating fuel efficiency problems.

CTA is primarily concerned that the federal government needs to understand that trucking is not a homogenous industry, so when governments are adopting fuel efficiency standards they must be aware that the industry hauls all different kinds of product, with different types of trailers, of varying weights across different terrains which all impact fuel efficiency. Furthermore allowable weights carried on trucks and the equipment such as tires and aerodynamic devices are provincially and state controlled which results in a myriad of regulations - meaning certain fuel efficiency devices are allowed in one province and not another province or US state making long distance trucking a difficult challenge when it comes to requiring specific technologies. Consequently any federal reforms regarding fuel efficiency standards must be accompanied by provincial and state regulatory reform regarding truck weights and dimensions.

For some time CTA has been advocating for the federal government to adopt a cohesive, practical approach to accelerating the acquisition of the new, mandatory, smog-free trucks combined with proven technologies that will reduce fuel consumption. Based upon the US EPA SmartWay program, the CTA developed its own enviroTruck program, which includes after market devices such as auxiliary power units, roof and side fairings, cab extenders, boat-tails, and energy efficient tires. Under the enviroTruck program, CTA has been calling on the Government of Canada to partner with the trucking industry and manufacturers to provide meaningful financial incentives to accelerate the acquisition of these enviroTruck technologies. We interpret today's announcement as opening the door for a meaningful dialogue on how we can move forward on this issue.

Although details are sketchy at this time, beginning with model years 2014-2018 fuel efficiency standard improvements of 20 per cent or more are expected based on various reports. Over the coming months, Environment Canada will be working with the trucking industry and its suppliers to draft a regulation for public review this fall. CTA has been assured by Environment Canada that they will be front and centre in the discussions.

CTA looks forward to working with Environment Canada to develop a fuel efficiency regulation that is realistic, practical and provides incentives for quicker adoption.

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