NERA Economic Consulting released a study detailing implications for the 2010 emission requirements for diesel engines indicating truckers and fleet managers will ultimately decide to not buy updated equipment because of financial reasons and user uncertainties. This will mean huge job losses for truck manufacturers and their suppliers, and a lack of choices for trucking equipment consumers of all sizes.
"With record-high diesel fuel prices earlier this year, trucking companies
have already faced nearly insurmountable challenges trying to stay in
The Association would like the Administration and Congress to push for a restructured timeline, phasing in the new emission standards to allow ample breathing room and build confidence within the trucking industry. This would provide time to prove the worthiness of new engines, give the economy an opportunity to recover and explore new fuel alternatives.
"With more time, the solutions will become much clearer and environmentally much cleaner," added Spencer. "Otherwise, there will be a delay in the intended environmental benefit because there is a disincentive to purchasing the new technology."
The NERA report is an update to a previous study in January of 2005 in anticipation of similar emission requirements in 2007. In 2010, truck engines will be required to comply with more stringent emission standards for nitrogen oxide (NOx). Various technologies are being developed and tested by engine and truck manufacturers to meet these standards.
This is a link to the full report (http://www.ooida.com/Documents/NERA_2010_NOx_Standard_Report.pdf) or an executive summary of the report. (http://www.ooida.com/Documents/NERA_2010_NOx_Standard_Executive_Summary.pdf)
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is the national trade
association representing the interests of small-business trucking
professionals and professional truck drivers. OOIDA was established in 1973
and is headquartered in the greater
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