Editorial: Cleaning the Air While Easing the Rules

The notion that federal regulators could in one proposal move to strengthen clean-air standards while deregulating certain engine-related rules might seem counterintuitive, but it’s precisely what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set out to do.

Transport Topics
November 15, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Volvo: ‘Not Clear’ How Many North American Vehicles Are Affected by Component Issue

Grill of a Volvo VNL 740 John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Volvo Group said it could not yet determine the impact of a faulty component on its North American trucks as it was still evaluating the scope of the problem.

Joe Antoshak | Staff Writer
October 17, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Volvo Group Uncovers Faulty Component in Emissions Setup

Volvo logo on a truck grille Volvo logo on a truck grille (Justin Ide/Bloomberg News)

Volvo, the world’s second-largest truckmaker, has uncovered a faulty component in the emissions-control setup of vehicles widely sold in Europe and the U.S., the manufacturer’s biggest markets.

Niclas Rolander | Bloomberg News
October 16, 2018
Government, Fuel

California May Make a Formal Counter to Trump on Car, Truck Emissions

California Bridge David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

California is considering a formal, public counter-proposal to President Donald Trump’s proposed rollback of fuel and pollution requirements for cars and trucks.

John Lippert | Bloomberg News
October 4, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Fresno Heat and Foul Air Set Stage for Trump Tailpipe Debate

Fresno Cars and trucks roll along a section of Highway 99 during rush hour in Fresno, Calif. (Gary Kazanjian/Associated Press)

To test how Americans feel about its plan for rolling back car and truck pollution standards, the Trump administration will hold an initial public hearing Sept. 24 in Fresno, Calif., a place where it might reasonably expect a friendly response.

John Lippert and Mark Chediak | Bloomberg News
September 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Top 100

The Aftertreatment Treatment

P.A.M. Transport truck Emissions systems remain a major expense for fleets such as P.A.M. Transport. (P.A.M. Transport via Facebook)

Fleets continue to encounter challenges dealing with aftertreatment technologies that are now being refined after major changes in years past. From a maintenance perspective, aftertreatment systems are improving.

Steve Brawner | Special to Transport Topics
September 21, 2018
Government, Business

Trump Eases Methane Rules as Colorado Says State’s Regulations Work

Colorado says it doesn't need new methane rules Natural gas is burned off near pumps. (Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press)

DENVER — The Trump administration is rolling back some U.S. regulations on climate-changing methane pollution, calling them expensive and burdensome, but Colorado says its rules are working — and they have industry support.

Dan Elliott | Associated Press
August 31, 2018
Government, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Trump May Relax Auto Standards While Making Them Harder to Meet

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The Trump administration’s plan to ease vehicle-emission mandates lifts some burdens for automakers but also would strip away options that have made it easier for them to comply and have encouraged the development of electric cars.

Jennifer A Dlouhy and Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
August 6, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Trump to Seek Repeal of California’s Smog-Fighting Power

Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS

The Trump administration will seek to revoke California’s authority to regulate automobile greenhouse gas emissions — including its mandate for electric car sales — in a proposed revision of Obama-era standards, according to three people familiar with the plan.

Ryan Beene Jennifer A. Dlouhy John Lippert and Ari Natter | Bloomberg News
July 23, 2018
Government, Fuel, TCA

Trump-Ordered Talks on Future of Fuel Economy in California Stuck in Neutral

Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS

Talks between the U.S. and California on auto emissions standards have made little progress since President Donald Trump told his agencies to pursue a deal, according to a top state official, who’s holding out hope that the Environmental Protection Agency will get more involved.

Ryan Beene, John Lippert and Eric Roston | Bloomberg News
July 9, 2018