* Canada - TRUCKING INDUSTRY: To face stricter emissions enforcement
* BC - A number of semis made before 2007 may not meet standards
Vancouver,BC,CAN -NEWS1130, by Anita Bathe -April 26, 2013: -- More tickets and fines could be in place for heavy duty trucks not up to snuff with emission standards... A new Metro Vancouver study shows 98 per cent of diesel truck emissions in Metro Vancouver and 90 per cent of nitrogen oxide emissions are coming from semis made before 2007... Metro Environment Parks Committee Chair, Heather Deal, says these truck drivers will start to see stricter enforcement of the existing emission guidelines... Although the BC Trucking Association has been pushing to be exempt from Air Care programs, Deal says this study just proves it is needed. She says they’ll be working with the province to come up with more programs to regulate... Deal says it’s not a question of taking them off the road and forcing them to get newer trucks but many of them can be fixed with proper maintenance...
* USA - Trucking industry to increase natural gas use
NY,USA -The Strategic Sourceror, by Fred Johring -April 26, 2013: -- Natural gas is becoming more available in the U.S., and the trucking industry is taking note. Many shipping companies are switching from petroleum to natural gas, The New York Times reported... Cummins, a truck engine manufacturer, began shipping new natural gas-powered engines that allow trucks to make longer trips... Natural gas burns cleaner than conventional fuel, which will allow trucks to meet stricter emissions standards, according to the newspaper. It is less expensive than petroleum, and with the shale boom in the U.S., supply chain managers will be less vulnerable to geopolitical disturbances that can impact the cost of oil...