April 22, 2015 – As Americans celebrate Earth day, Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide image and education movement representing all areas of the professional truck driving industry, celebrates the progress the industry is making toward a more sustainable future, which includes adopting industry recommendations to reduce carbon emissions.
“Trucking is greener than ever, and small changes in driving habits can make a big difference in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving fuel efficiency. The industry is also taking advantage of new technologies to improve air quality and reduce the environmental impact on our nation’s roads and highways,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF, president of Jet Express, Inc. and second vice chairman of American Trucking Associations.
Some of the many programs, efforts and technologies that trucking companies and drivers support include:
- training that emphasizes fuel-saving driving techniques;
- reducing wait times at loading and unloading docks to decrease engine idling emissions;
- reducing pollution through ongoing participation in the EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership program;
- advancing alternative-fueled vehicles and fuels;
- lowering fuel consumption by reducing empty miles driven and
- promoting more efficient freight hauling and freight packaging practices.
Scott Grenerth, Director of Regulatory Affairs at the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, says “Professional drivers make choices which lead to a smaller carbon footprint every day. Habits like monitoring and scanning traffic to maintain an efficient speed and planning routes to avoid congestion are ingrained into a driver’s daily routine.”
About Trucking Moves America Forward
Trucking Moves America Forward is a long-term industry-wide movement established to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future. To learn more, and to join the movement, visit www.TruckingMovesAmerica.com.
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