American Trucking Associations is committed to practical policies and technologies that reduce pollution from commercial truck operations, vehicle maintenance and other industry facilities. To that end, ATA advocates for science-based laws and regulations to maintain and protect the environment, and to the greatest extent possible, ensure uniformity across all levels of government.
Vehicle and engine efficiency are critical factors to every trucking company’s operations. Improvements to the truck and engine technology can provide a positive return on investment while providing environmental benefits of reduced fuel consumption and fewer pollutant emissions. Efficiency improving technologies include aerodynamic tractors, fuel efficient tires, idle reduction equipment, speed governors and lighter weight equipment. ATA supports efforts to improve fuel efficiency and actions to improve coordination between federal agencies to advance fuel efficiency in the trucking industry.
Advance a sustainability plan for reducing the trucking industry’s carbon footprint through programs like the Smartway Transportation Partnership. ATA opposes efforts to enact a federal cap and trade program, which would have increased the cost of diesel fuel without significantly reducing the amount of GHG emitted by trucks.
The trucking industry is making great strides in reducing diesel particulate matter (PM), CO2, and other known pollutants. Modern technologies like diesel particulate filters (DPF), and selective catalytic reduction (SCR), are reducing emissions to negligible levels. ATA supports the goal of clean air and continues to monitor the emissions landscape and provide necessary feedback to federal regulators regarding the impact of continued emissions reduction strategies on the industry.