The trade group for California’s truckers says it welcomes the new federal fuel standards for big rigs — for the most part, anyway.
Yesterday President Obama announced that all heavy duty vehicles must get up to 20 percent better mileage by 2014. This marks the first ever federal fuel efficiency rules for heavy trucks and buses.
Michael Shaw of the California Trucking Association said he welcomes the standards but wants equal focus on improving vehicle reliability.
“We want reliability considered as important as fuel efficiency because, ultimately, if a vehicle is running more efficiently, but it’s spending more time in the shop… then you may have to purchase a new truck.” said Shaw. “So are we really getting the benefit we’re expected to get?”
Shaw says these rules may also increase costs for truckers. Continue reading