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| December 15, 2005

The ruling applies to current and future trucks and will go into effect in 2008.

Barbara Riordan, the acting ARB chair, said the ruling will create a more healthy environment for people – especially truckstop, warehouse, distribution center and port terminal workers – exposed to truck emissions for long periods of time.

“Fortunately several new technologies have been developed that provide for truck cabin cooling and heating when the truck’s main engine shut off. These technologies reduce harmful emissions and reduce fuel use as well,” Riordan said.

The California Trucking Association strongly opposed the ruling.

“There is more protection for animals than drivers in the state of California,” said Stephanie Williams, the senior vice president of the CTA, referring to how it is illegal to leave a pet in a parked car with the heat off in the state. “But they expect truckers to live like that?”

Williams blames the rule on the suddenly environment-oriented Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “We have a governor who is trying to make way in the environment and he’s just letting everything go through!”

There are two parts to the new rule. The first part requires 2008 and subsequent model year heavy-duty diesel engines to have a non-programmable engine shutdown system that automatically kills the engine after five minutes of continuous idling. The second part requires truckers with earlier model rigs to shut off their engines before the five-minute idling time is reached. Alternative technologies may be used to power the cab and on-board accessories. These technologies must have zero or very low pollution emissions.
-Lance Orr

Class 8 Customer Satisfaction Trends Downward
Customer satisfaction with heavy-duty trucks declined in the past year, according to the 2005 Heavy Duty Truck Customer Satisfaction Study released Oct. 12 by J.D. Power and Associates.

Owners reported more problems with their trucks than in 2004, averaging nearly twice as many days of downtime. Owner satisfaction with fuel economy also declined compared to 2004, with the average reported fuel economy dropping below six miles per gallon for the first time in the study’s 10-year history.

“As operating costs, including diesel fuel prices, continue to rise, truck owners grow more sensitive to areas such as fuel economy and truck downtime,” said Brian Etchells, a senior research manager at J.D. Power.

The study is based on interviews with 2,429 primary maintainers of Class 8 trucks. It focuses on smaller fleets and owner-operators, with an average fleet size of 53 trucks at a single location. The study measures satisfaction with services received from authorized truck dealers’ service departments.

In the study’s segmented results, Kenworth took the top slots in over-the-road, pickup and delivery, and dealer service.

“Kenworth is very proud and honored to receive three 2005 Class 8 awards presented by J.D. Power and Associates,” said Bob Christensen, Kenworth general manager and Paccar vice president.

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