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Trucking Industry Asks Congress For 65 MPH Speed Limit

truck.jpgThe American Trucking Associations (ATA) is seeking support for the industry’s environmental initiatives from Congress. The initiatives are expected to cut fuel consumption by 86 billion gallons and reduce all vehicles’ carbon footprint by almost a billion tons over the next 10 years.

The association is asking Congress to enact a national 65 mph speed limit and increase funding for the EPA’s SmartWay program. ATA also wants Congress to support national fuel economy standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks and to implement financial incentives to expedite the introduction of idling reduction equipment.

Investment in infrastructure improvements could ease congestion, save 32 billion gallons of fuel, and cut carbon emissions by 314 million tons over 10 years – according to the ATA.

The association is also urging Congress to promote the use of more productive truck combinations, which could save more than 20.5 billion gallons of diesel fuel and cut emissions by 227 million tons over 10 years.

Last summer, ATA filed a lawsuit challenging plans by L.A. port officials to ban pre-1989 trucks from its port. The request was later denied.

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2 thoughts on “Trucking Industry Asks Congress For 65 MPH Speed Limit

  1. This is interesting. I thought I remembered that the trucking industry was on the opposite side of the debate the last time that national speed limits were discussed by Congress.

    It is always fascinating to see the various requests to Congress – both in terms of everything included in the stimulus bill and everything else that Congress will have to deal with. I’m curious to see how this particular Congress will handle all of the competing priorities. Like in this case, I generally support the original proposal but the previous national speed limit debates have always seemed very long and drawn out. I hope if Congress does debate it again that they can come to a decision quicker.

    The Democrats are touting their first 100 days as the time when they are going to get a tremendous amount accomplished. I hope they do accomplish something significant in the first 100 days. It seemed like the last Congress didn’t accomplish much in all of 2008. I saw that the Friends of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is asking people to give their opinion on the most important thing for Congress to do in their first 100 days. Then they’re going to work to get Congress to accomplish what the public actually wants them to do. Make sure to add your opinion so Congress can know what our priorities are – http://www.friendsoftheuschamber.com/email/email4.cfm?id=200

  2. The last paragraph of this story misrepresents the nature of the American Trucking Associations’ lawsuit against the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The lawsuit is very specific in opposing only parts of the Ports’ concession plans. ATA supports the banning of older trucks from the ports, the program to subsidize newer trucks through a container fee, and the rolling schedule for banning older trucks from the ports in favor of newer trucks that produce less emissions. The ATA opposes only those parts of the concession plans that will have no effect in cleaning the air and which the Constitution, Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court have declared improper and illegal local government intrusion into interstate commerce. These parts of the concession plans regulate rates, routes and services that trucking firms can offer their customers, and, in the case of Los Angeles, bans independent owner operators from the business.
    Clayton Boyce, American Trucking Associations

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