Believing that an adequate and reasonably priced fuel supply is essential, not just to the trucking industry but to the economy at large, American Trucking Associations supports policies that will move the United States toward national energy self-sufficiency as a way to reduce fuel price volatility. Such policies include the use of alternative fuels, increased domestic production, and uniform state and federal fuel regulations.
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.
Diesel Fuel, Gasoline, Natural Gas, and Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) are all petroleum-based fuels with a link to heavy duty trucking. While diesel fuel dominates the marketplace, fleets are looking for ways to diversify their energy consumption, with natural gas leading the way. ATA supports the goals of increased national energy self-sufficiency and reduced vulnerability to future energy disruption and therefore supports government efforts to promote development of domestic oil and natural gas reserves on a timely basis.
Pollution of our nation's waterways and land resources should be controlled. Wastes generated through vehicle and facility operations, including oils, fluids and solvents, should be properly classified, stored and/or disposed of. ATA supports reasonable regulations to ensure the storage and disposal of wastes without undue costs to the trucking industry.
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.