Energy and Environment
The latest EPA regulations for truck emissions took effect in 2010, giving us the cleanest-running trucks in history. With increased truck productivity, we can make even more progress in improving the quality of the air we breathe.
Just as the trucking industry has made safety a priority – the large truck fatal crash rate is at historically low levels – any changes to truck weights, sizes and configurations should only be made with a clear understanding of the safety implications.
To see real improvements in truck productivity, we need to think about our infrastructure in new ways. Should we expand routes for longer and heavier trucks to increase efficiency? If so, what changes will need to be made in our highway infrastructure, and how will we fund them?
Policy Issues and Options
Ideas for improving truck productivity include new information tools and technologies, more driver training and expanded use of LCVs. The trucking industry and business that use trucks can help bring about some of these changes, but others will require government support.
Freight Transport Efficiency
What short-term and long-term solutions should be implemented to improve the flow of goods across the country? How can different trailer weight limits, sizes or combinations improve efficiency? How do we go from business-as-usual to innovative, large-scale truck productivity?