J.J. Keller announces 2007 Vendor of the Year

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Slowing down trucks across the industry is one recommendation of a new American Trucking Associations fuel-saving and emissions-reducing campaign launched May 8 under the name Trucks Deliver a Cleaner Tomorrow.

Carriers supporting the program include Con-way Truckload, which announced it would reduce the maximum governed speed of its 2,700 tractors from 70 mph to 65 mph, and Schneider National, which announced its 10,600 company drivers would drive no faster than 60 mph — a pledge not binding on the truckload carrier’s 2,200 owner-operators.

The ATA’s recommendations for the industry and for government include:

  • Set new-truck governors to limit speeds to 68 mph, and reduce the national speed limit to 65 mph for all vehicles.
  • Reduce congestion by improving highways, even if it means raising the federal fuels tax.
  • Impose national fuel economy standards for trucks if they do not compromise performance.
  • Use larger trucks to move fewer loads than would be used to move the same amount of cargo in smaller trucks.
  • Provide incentives for truckers and fleets to buy anti-idling technology.
  • Increase fuel efficiency by participating in the EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership.
  • More than 600 companies already have joined SmartWay, launched in 2004, including 373 motor carriers.

    The ATA recommends a 20-year program to reduce congestion, focused initially on critical bottlenecks. Longer-range ideas include creating truck-only corridors that would enable larger and longer tractor-trailers.

    Supporters of the ATA campaign among manufacturers include Caterpillar, Cummins, Detroit Diesel, International Truck & Engine, Volvo Trucks and the Engine Manufacturers Association.

    More information is available on a new website, www.trucksdeliver.org.