Washington, D.C. – U.S. commercial truck dealers and drivers have voiced strong opposition to a proposed Senate bill that would transfer responsibility for fuel economy rules for medium- and heavy-duty trucks from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The American Truck Dealers (ATD) and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said they are opposed to the legislation because the EPA would be granted the authority to set fuel economy standards without considering the impact on the economy and other factors. Under current law, the DOT is required to take these considerations into account when issuing fuel economy rules.
“DOT has been regulating fuel economy for more than three decades,” said Kyle Treadway, chairman of the ATD. “EPA has been regulating fuel economy literally since last week. It makes no sense to throw away all of DOT’s expertise at a time when the trucking industry can least afford it. If the legislation passed, the result could be unaffordable fuel economy standards for truck buyers.”