EPA proposes to remove gliders from regulations

Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards Phase 2

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to repeal emission standards under its Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards that apply to glider vehicles, glider engines, and glider kits. The proposed repeal is based on the interpretation that glider vehicles would not be considered “new motor vehicles”, glider engines would not be considered “new motor vehicle engines”, and glider kits would not be treated as “incomplete” new motor vehicles. Under this proposed interpretation, EPA would lack authority to regulate glider vehicles, glider engines, and glider kits under the Clean Air Act.

Opposition to the proposed changes is fierce. Environmentalists and large trucking associations have commented strongly against the change stating that the EPA has clear authority to regulate rebuilt engines and that creating such a loophole could potentially upend the agency’s ability to regulate emissions from the trucking sector. Considering language used in their comments, the American Trucking Association appears to see this as a slap in the face from the EPA. The association commented, “ATA members buy a tremendous amount of new equipment and pay a premium price investing in clean engine technologies.”, and “The Continued Growth of Gliders Creates a Competitive Disadvantage to Fleets Purchasing New Equipment”.

The comment period ended January 5, 2018. You can view comments and actions at www.regulations.gov, RIN 2060–AT79.
A glider kit is a new truck chassis, special ordered from the factory, without engine or transmission. This allows for a customized powertrain to be added that better meets the needs of the consumer.

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