EPA, NHTSA to hear from truckers at GATS, thanks to OOIDA

By David Tanner, Land Line senior editor | 8/21/2015

At the urging of OOIDA, representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be on hand at the Great American Trucking Show next week in Dallas to hear directly from truckers about the latest federal proposal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency for heavy trucks.

Officials from EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be available on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 27, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., at the OOIDA sponsored event to receive input from owner-operators and small-business truckers. The event is open to all.

The Great American Trucking Show takes place Aug. 27-29 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center at 650 S. Griffin St., Dallas, TX 75202. The meeting will take place in room C-151 of the convention center.

“This is an opportunity for truckers to provide input on this important rulemaking, as it will determine new truck design, engineering, cost and reliability for years to come,” said OOIDA Director of Regulatory Affairs Scott Grenerth. “These proposed regulations would affect all new trucks starting in 2021 – company-owned equipment and trucks purchased by owner-operators alike.”

A public comment period on the EPA/NHTSA proposal remains open through Sept. 17. The agencies held two public hearings on the proposal, one in Chicago and the other in Los Angeles. The one in L.A. had some access to truck parking, but Chicago had virtually no access for trucks.

Officials agreed to come to GATS to hear specifically from truckers. Comments will be entered into the public record attached to the proposal and will be considered by the agencies.

The proposal, known as Greenhouse Gas Phase 2, or GHG Phase 2, calls for manufacturers of trucks, exhaust systems, drivetrains, tires, glider kits and trailers to use new and existing technology to save fuel and reduce carbon emissions in heavy trucks. EPA and NHTSA have set targets for manufacturers to meet throughout the proposed time frame of 2021 through 2027.

“OOIDA is making this opportunity open to anyone attending the show to come to this meeting and provide EPA and NHTSA with your input on the proposal for new standards for commercial trucks, trailers and engines,” the Association states in a press release.

OOIDA is urging truckers to become familiar with the topics involved in the GHG Phase 2 proposal – things like cost, reliability, truck design, EPA estimates – and add their personal experiences and concerns to the conversation. Visit fightingfortruckers.com/ghgregs to review topics covered in the proposed regulation.

Free tractor-trailer parking is available off-site, with free shuttle buses running to the convention center. More information on parking and shuttles can be found at: truckshow.com/travel/free-truck-parking/ Admission is free for those who preregister online.

No advanced sign-up is required to participate in the discussion with EPA/NHTSA representatives. However, OOIDA will have a sign-up sheet available at their booth No. 16080. Additional information and resources will also be available at the OOIDA booth and the Association’s tour truck, “The Spirit of the American Trucker,” in the off-site parking lot.

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