Logistics Management Affected by Fuel Economy Regulations from the Obama Administration

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Everyone has felt the impact of fossil fuels and the lack there of, but not everyone will be directly impacted by the trucking fuel economy regulations as enacted by the Obama Administration in August of 2011. Logistics management and drayage companies across the nation are feeling the impact of a recently announced fuel standard for all trucks, medium and heavy.

The new legislation came after an executive order that was signed in May of 2010, calling the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to develop and implement national fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards for all medium and heavy trucks. While this proposal was generally positively accepted when it came out, the new fuel economy regulations have received mixed feelings.


"While we were working to improve the efficiency of cars and light-duty trucks, something interesting happened," said President Obama. "We started getting letters asking that we do the same for medium and heavy-duty trucks." The requests came from a variety of people including those who build, buy and drive medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks.


"I'm proud to have the support of these companies as we announce the first-ever national policy to increase fuel efficiency and decrease greenhouse gas pollution from medium-and heavy-duty trucks," said President Obama in his early August address about the first-ever national fuel efficiency policy.


The first year that will be required to include these new standards is model year 2014, with the results being long-term savings for vehicle owners, operators and the like. Officials estimate that the cost for implementation of the fuel efficiency within the average heavy-duty truck would be around $6,220 and that the fuel savings will help negate that cost in less than a year's time.

In addition, the fuel cost throughout the lifetime of a truck will decrease by $73,000, officials said. The average fuel savings would be about one gallon per 100 miles traveled for heavy-duty trucks.


That can mean big savings for logistics management and drayage companies that travel all day long transporting goods, products and merchandise for customers and clients. While not all logistics management and drayage companies will reap benefits immediately, but the end of the implementation period, from 2014-2018, nearly all companies will see the benefits of the new fuel economy regulations.

For more information, visit the White House blog post entitled, "President Obama Announces First Ever Fuel Economy Standards for Commercial Vehicles."

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