Canada to announce new emissions rules for heavy trucks

| 4/2/2010

Speaking to reporters this week to announce fuel and emissions standards for cars and light trucks, Canadian Environment Minister Jim Prentice said new emissions rules are in the pipeline for heavy trucks as well.

According to reports, Prentice said tougher emission standards for heavy trucks will likely be handed down within a few months.

During the news conference, the focus was on new emissions rules and fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks in Canada as part of a rule to harmonize with similar efforts in the U.S.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced a final U.S. rule on cars and light trucks on Thursday, April 1, but avoided the topic of medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had heavy trucks covered in a report released just one day prior, on Wednesday, March 31.

In the NHTSA report, officials called for a range of fuel mileage standards for medium and heavy truck applications. NHTSA suggested that fuel economy be calculated by gallons of fuel consumed per ton-mile instead of by miles per gallon.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, with member truck drivers in all U.S. states and Canadian provinces, called the NHTSA report “government overreach” and said a fuel mileage standard for trucks would lead to favoritism of one application over another, especially of the large fleets.

No word yet on what new Canadian rules will say in those regards, but Prentice told reporters that emissions rules for heavy trucks would be harmonized with U.S. efforts.

– By David Tanner, associate editor