New rules to cut greenhouse emissions from trucks, phased in over four years

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Full-size pick-ups, semi-trucks, garbage trucks and buses will follow U.S. standards

VIA Motors' Alan Perriton speaks during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Canadian government is phasing in emissions standards following U.S. regulations in trucks in the coming years.

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — The federal government says new regulations for heavy-duty trucks will cut greenhouse-gas emissions and give truckers a break on fuel costs to boot.

The Environment Department says the regulations will be phased in between now and the 2018 model year and will produce a cumulative reduction of 19.1 megatonnes of greenhouse emissions over the life of 2014-2018 model year vehicles.

The regulations will cover vehicles such as full-size pick-ups, semi-trucks, garbage trucks and buses and will align with U.S. standards.

“With these tough new measures, GHG emissions from 2018 model-year heavy-duty vehicles will be reduced by up to 23 per cent,” Environment Minister Peter Kent said in a news release.

The department says improved fuel efficiency will mean an average saving of up to $8,000 a year for a semi-truck operator in a 2018-model vehicle.

For heavy-duty pick-ups and vans, the department estimates fuel savings of up to $1,200 a year for the 2018 model-year, while vehicles such as buses, freight, delivery, service, cement, and dump trucks, could save up to $1,000 a year.

The news release doesn’t say how much these regulations will cost manufacturers.

However, it does say truck makers will be able to use currently available, off-the-shelf technologies such as fuel-efficient engines and aerodynamic cab designs to meet the standards.

And it says the fuel savings will offset any vehicle price increase.

“For all classes of heavy-duty vehicles, the payback period will be less than one year,” the department said.

It said the regulations are structured to allow more powerful vehicles to proportionally emit more greenhouse gases “to ensure that vehicles such as buses, garbage trucks and snow removal trucks can continue to perform at a high level.”

Geographic location: U.S., MISSISSAUGA

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  • Robot Gizz
    February 25, 2013 - 17:14

    Amen Bill.If only more people would see just how deep we are involved in the new world order plans. Hopefully it won't be too late when the sheeple wake up. Oh and the carbon output is only part of the big picture of pollutants from these heavy rigs. What I hear from my mechanic friends is that some of these new regs will add to the over all pollutants released(all types) over the life cycle of each truck. Not to mention the down time from all these added systems(which means more trucks on the roads to make up for the lost hours of production)=more emissions!!!! How is this helping again????

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    February 25, 2013 - 15:06

    Do you believe government really wants to do more with less tax revenue? This is another one of the first small incremental steps bringing us into the new North American Union to consist of Canada, The USA and Mexico. That is why we see the huge hundreds of pages bills that Harper has been trying to pass. He is trying to get Canadian legislation to more evenly match those of the USA, thus facilitating a more easy transition when the new union forms. Does anybody actually believe that if all it took was "legislation" to cut greenhouse gas emissions they would have done it long ago. There was just plain NO POLITICAL WILL to do it. This all has to do with getting us ready for the new CARBON TAXES that are coming due to Harper signing onto the UN TREATY that calls for CARBON TAXES on everything that emits carbon. Truckers ARE NOT GOING TO SAVE MONEY. It is a lie. They are going to bring in more new taxes to offset what government loses in tax revenues. Our country was sold out generations ago but most people cannot see it because they are scared to look.