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EPA Not Backing off GHG Rules for Trailers, Glider Kits

March 24, 2016

By David Cullen

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Photo: Utility Trailer Manufacturing
Photo: Utility Trailer Manufacturing

Another indication that the federal government may indeed regulate truck trailers— and tractor glider kits, too— under the Phase 2 GHG/MPG mandate came in the form of a “Notice of Data Availability” on the proposed rule jointly issued by the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Directed at those choosing to provide comment on the proposed rule, the agencies said that new “data and memoranda” has been placed in the Phase 2 rulemaking’s public docket.

The updated information touches on a range of elements of the proposal, including the “applicability of emission standards and certification responsibilities for trailers, glider vehicles, and glider kits.”

In a separate development, EPA has produced a “draft memorandum” that affirms its authority to regulate manufacturers of trailers and of glider kits concerning GHG emission limits, according to a recent Transport Topics news story.

Back in February, Utility Trailer Manufacturing stated that it, along with an industry association, had argued in their public comments on the GHG rule that the Clean Air Act limits the EPA to regulating powered vehicles, not trailers.

“EPA overstepped its authority because trailers are not motorized vehicles,” said Jeff Bennett, Utility’s vice president for engineering and product development, during a Feb. 15 webinar. “And there’s no legal basis for regulating trailers.”

Bennett also contended that EPA and NHTSA have greatly overestimated average highway speeds for trailers. The agencies claim in the Phase 2 proposals that trailers cruise at 65 mph for 86% of the time; and at 55 mph for 9% of the time and 5% at other speeds. But data given to Utility by three major fleets show that traffic congestion, delays at loading docks, and time parked in yards and terminals limit average speeds to much lower levels, according to Bennett.

The federal proposal calls for setting CO2 limits for 2021- to 2027-model trucks and tractors and 2018- to 2027-model-year trailers as entire vehicles – but also would set separate engine fuel-efficiency standards for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles.

The new standards would regulate trailers for the first time and would make glider kits subject to GHG limits. As proposed, the rule would require, starting in 2018, that engines used in glider kits meet the same standards as new vehicles. 

Comments on the proposed Phase 2 GHG/MPG rule are due on or before April 1.

Comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OAR–2014–0827 (for EPA’s docket) and NHTSA–2014–0132 (for NHTSA’s docket) may be submitted by one of the following methods:

  • Online via www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
  • Email to [email protected]
  • Mail to EPA: Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. NHTSA: Docket Management Facility, M–30, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, Rm. W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
  • Hand Delivery to EPA: EPA Docket Center, EPA WJC West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. NHTSA: West Building, Ground Floor, Rm. W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

 

 

Comments

  1. 1. Kenny Scott [ March 25, 2016 @ 05:14AM ]

    Hopefully after this election the Epa will be gone. They have impose a lot of misery on good working people and still trying with thier lies. comon sense and conservation is all we need not an high pay lairs as we have now. It's time for change.

  2. 2. Dinah Cruse [ March 25, 2016 @ 05:28AM ]

    The EPA just like all government agencies make a mess of everything they touch. There is no practical, common sense in their decision making, and being tax payer funded gives them the liberty to act without consequence. What they have done to truck engines is devastating; even brand new trucks will not run, and the expense of constant repairs make it impossible to be profitable, which is required for private sector job growth. The EPA needs to be reigned in along with all of our governmental agencies....time for a revolution.

  3. 3. Michael Galorath [ March 25, 2016 @ 07:10AM ]

    Excellent point Dinah Cruse makes. Right now the EPA is trying to eliminate the automotive after car parts market. They what to eliminate collectors cars, this is a 3B market If i'm correct. We all need to stand up and start to notfi our legislators the same way SEMA has requested help from the people which will he hurt the industries. Killing jobs that only who knows will be destroyed. Go to SEMA.gov web page and see save our race cars. The trucking industries needs to adapt the same ploy to get our legislators attention.

  4. 4. Tracy Ochsner [ March 25, 2016 @ 08:15AM ]

    It's getting very hard to keep a small trucking company going. It's certainly not worth all the head aches.

  5. 5. BILL DOLLOFF [ March 25, 2016 @ 09:53AM ]

    THE EPA WAS STARTE I BELEIVE BY PRESIDENT NIXON TO CLEAN UP THE WATERWAYS, NOW LOOK WHAT HAS HAPPENED. EPA IS THE LARGEST LESSEE OF OFFICE SPACE IN WASHINGTON DC, I FEEL HAD THE EPA LET THE MFGR'S DO THERE THING AND GIVE THEM TIME WE WOULD BE AT 10 MPG AVG AND HIGHER WITH ADD ONS.. GET THE GOVERNMENT OUT AND LET THE PEOPLE WITH INVESTMENTS DO THE CORRECTIONS AS NEEDED NOT AS DEMANDED

  6. 6. Jason Haga [ March 27, 2016 @ 01:18PM ]

    Maybe the DOT needs to look at Volvo and the recall on the steering shaft problem a roll pin added just adds to weakness to breaking causing the driver to lose control of steering

  7. 7. Carlton [ April 05, 2016 @ 06:18AM ]

    I am with you all. this stuff mandated on trailers ia nothing but a sham for manufactures to sell their products. I have had it with all politicians for supporting these things. eliminate the EPA and FMCSA.

  8. 8. CT [ April 07, 2016 @ 05:59AM ]

    “As government expands, liberty contracts.”

    “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.”

    ― Ronald Reagan

  9. 9. Steven Ross [ April 10, 2016 @ 09:09AM ]

    Unfortunately folks, we only have ourselves to blame for the situation we are in, it's our fault, period. Our ignorance, apathy and cowardice has given us the government we deserve. For too long we in the transportation industry have let things slide as far as these draconian rules that actually cause MORE accidents. Emissions can be reduced IF THE FUEL was better. ACCIDENTS CAN BE REDUCED IF THE PAY WAS BETTER. If you don't have to work as hard and be under a ton of stress, you don't crash! There is a direct relationship between compensation and safety, and yes clean running vehicles. If truckers are forced to drive these vehicles that break down on a regular for the sake of clean air, the rates must have $$$ baked into it to cover the added expense and downtime. It's as simple as that. Government is not the problem, it's disengaged and ignorant citizens that are the problem. We hired these folks by our votes...they work for us and not the other way around. When you vote, it counts...and when you don't it counts.

  10. 10. John Buelow [ April 14, 2016 @ 03:12AM ]

    65 Mph for 86% of the time? We do very short hauls, in eight hours we will average about 6 Mph.

  11. 11. Marcus Shelton [ April 15, 2016 @ 11:33AM ]

    Ron Paul 2016!

  12. 12. Claude [ November 18, 2016 @ 06:53AM ]

    Trump won ,epa and fmcsa to the unenployment line

 

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