One of the nation’s largest groups of truckers, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), spoke out against President Obama recent new fuel economy rules.
On Feb. 18, the White House announced that in connection to the second round of the greenhouse gas emission rules, new assessment will be done on engine and powertrain improvements, weight reduction, condition of tires and accessories such as water pumps, fans, and hybrid technologies.
Back in 2011, when the first round of the rules was introduced, the standards were set for model years 2014-2018. Then the main focus was on efficient refinements of tractors and engines.
OOIDA is concerned that the requirements might put another $6,200 to the price of a new truck. That, the organization says, could make most new medium and heavy-duty trucks impossible for many truckers to buy.
As a result, a lot of small-business truckers and fleet owners would be forced to keep their old trucks and put off buying new equipment as long as they can.
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