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November 2017

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T he trailer market was thrown upside down late last month when a Federal appeals court paused implementation to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Transportation Safety Adminis- tration's (NHTSA) joint 'Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Effi ciency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles – Phase 2' regarding com- mercial trailers. Composed earlier this decade and published as a Final Rule in October 2016, the EPA's Phase 2 program was built to expand and intensify regulations implemented on engines and tractors by Phase 1 — with additional regulations for the previously untouched trailer industry. Those regulations, scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2018, are now on hold as the EPA works to reevaluate its trailer provisions and determine if any of its previously written rules will eventually reach the trucking industry. For the aftermarket, last month's news could be a substantial victory. In its Final Rule, the EPA and NHTSA wrote the "Phase 2 program will include technology-advancing standards that substantially reduce GHG emissions and fuel consumption, resulting in an ambi- tious, yet achievable program that will allow manufacturers to meet standards over time through a mix of different technologies at reasonable cost." To reach those milestones in the trail- er market, Phase 2 was written to elimi- nate customer choice and require the 24 Sales & Marketing T R U C K P A R T S & S E R V I C E | N o v e m b e r 2 0 1 7 By Lucas Deal, Editor uncertain future uncertain An A fourth-quarter postponement to EPA trailer regulations leaves market unsure of next step

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