emissions

Making sense of the winding storyline of glider kit emissions regs

Fitzgerald Glider Kit

Studies, proposed rules, Congressional letters, court injunctions, on-again/off-again enforcement — the saga over whether the EPA should regulate the production and sale of glider kits has seen its share of twists and turns in recent months. For a quick clarifier, here's where the issue of glider kit emissions stand currently.

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EPA investigating concerns about glider kit emissions research

Kenworth W900L Glider

EPA said Tuesday it will investigate questions surrounding a 2017 study used to justify regulations that cap annual production of glider kit trucks. Lawmakers from the House's Oversight Committee asked EPA to look into whether EPA staffers steered the study's results improperly.

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Share of clean diesels in U.S. truck fleet nears 40 percent

According to new research from the Diesel Technology Forum, Class 3-8 trucks model years 2011 and newer made up 36 percent of all commercial trucks on the road at the end of last year – a jump of 6 percent over 2016 and more than 10 percent higher than 2015.

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With new leadership and court challenge, EPA says it will enforce glider kit restrictions absent rulemaking

Nixing a decision issued just three weeks prior, the U.S. EPA on Friday said it will enforce the 300-truck annual limit placed on glider kit manufacturers by Phase 2 emissions regulations, meaning glider kit makers will be handicapped in their production until the EPA finalizes a rule to repeal the Obama-era regulations.

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Trucking rap sheet: Three plead guilty to disabling emissions control devices

Action in three trucking-related crimes has recently been reported by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General including accounting and securities fraud, a CDL testing scheme and violations of the Clean Air Act.

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EPA asked to investigate alleged improper contact between EPA staffers, Volvo on glider kit regs

Lawmakers from the U.S. House have sent letters to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  requesting that the agency investigate potential improper contacts between EPA staffers and Volvo Trucks regarding research into glider kit truck emissions.

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After losing legal appeal, CARB is voiding some compliance alternatives added in 2014

The time has expired for legal appeals to save CARB's 2014-introduced "compliance alternatives" to the engine upgrades and retrofits required by its in-use diesel regs. Emails attempting to clarify the situation have been going out this month to truck owners with CARB-registered trucks still taking advantage of one or more of those alternatives.

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Bill to establish $25,000 penalty for operating a CARB-noncompliant glider under consideration in California

The legislation, numbered AB 2364 in the California General Assembly and put forward with support of the state trucking association, moved out of the Committee on Transportation with no dissenting votes on Monday, April 23, with a "do pass" recommendation.

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New purchase: Trucking under warranty until retirement

Jerry Boyd, leased to Bennett Motor Express, last month was on the verge of trading his 2016 ProStar for a new truck to close his trucking career under a five-year 500,000-mile warranty.

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New network for emissions-maintenance service

Clean Diesel Specialists, Inc., a California-based diesel emissions services company, has launched its North American Network of licensed emissions-service centers to provide branded maintenance for the cleaning of diesel particulate filters and diesel oxidation catalysts as well as related and emerging diesel emission components.

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