The Trump administration’s decision to revoke a waiver allowing California to set its own standards for automobile emissions will not impact regulations governing heavy-duty trucks, but questions remain about how the decision will influence the development of future environmental policies governing the commercial vehicle industry. According to Linda Baker, Staff Writer
“The waiver the U.S. EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] is threatening applies only to passenger vehicles,” said David Clegern, a public information officer with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), in an email to FreightWaves. “It has nothing to do with heavy-duty regulations.”
Joe Rajkovacz, head of government and regulatory affairs for the Western States Trucking Association, doubled down on that statement.
“I’ve got truckers who say: ‘Oh, the Truck and Bus Rule is going away; we don’t have to comply.’ That’s not the case,” said Rajkovacz.
Nevertheless, Rajkovacz believes rescinding the waiver could have an impact on CARB plans to implement stricter low NOx emissions and zero-emissions standards for commercial vehicles. According to Baker.
“It’s moving forward where there could be trucking linkages,” he acknowledged.
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