The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) announced
Thursday that the 4,500 trucking companies in the Alliance will take part in a 14-part plan to "drastically reduce smog and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the freight transportation sector." The effect of the plan, according to the CTA, will be the same as taking over 200,000 heavy trucks off of Canadian roads. The plan's 14 parts are varied. New government emissions standards that will take effect this fall will lower sulfur content in truck diesel from 500 parts per million to 15. Yes, 15. Nitrous oxide emissions will be reduced by 95 percent in three years. Auxiliary power units will be installed to reduce truck idling. Trucks will be required to drive below 105 kmh. Even truck tires might be in for a change. The CTA is asking that truck standards developed in the 1980s be changed to allow single, wide-base tires. All in all, lots of smaller changes for a big effect.