The Owner-Operator Independent Driver’s Association recently teamed
with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to spur discussion of fuel
consumption and emissions issues related to the trucking industry.
OOIDA invited Mitch Greenberg, manager of the EPA’s SmartWay Transport
Partnership, to be the featured speaker at the Association’s monthly Policy
Briefing and Lunch in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, March 28.
SmartWay is a voluntary partnership between the EPA and the
transportation industry to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions from
Greenberg, who started the SmartWay program in 2003, has been with the
EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality for a number of years working on
heavy truck, passenger car and off-road engine compliance.
This week, he spoke to congressional and agency staff from Capitol
Hill, as well as OOIDA representatives, about the need for truckers and the EPA
to work together to find reasonable solutions for a cleaner environment while
Greenberg stressed the need for truckers and trucking companies to
adopt strategies that will improve the environment such as idle reduction,
improved aerodynamics and driver training.
The gathering attracted senior staff members of the House, Senate,
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Federal Highway Administration and
the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Secretary.
The monthly policy briefings are an opportunity for OOIDA to help
inform lawmakers and their staffs about transportation issues, especially where
they affect truckers in their day-to-day working lives.
OOIDA President and CEO Jim Johnston is scheduled to speak at the
upcoming April 20 briefing. His topic will be “Ensuring the Availability of
Trucks and Truck Drivers to Haul America’s Goods.”