The Ontario Trucking Association sat down this week with Rod Phillips, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, to discuss how the trucking industry can support and contribute to cleaner air and a reduction in carbon emissions.
The meeting – attended by OTA vice chair and Erb Transport CEO, Wendell Erb, OTA president Stephen Laskowski, Phillips and his staff – covered topics dealing with investments in green technology and fuel management devices; the viability of alternative fuels; a demonstration of engine emission systems tampering and a discussion on speed limiter enforcement; as well as a review of the Heavy-Duty Drive Clean program.
The Minister had the opportunity to listen to OTA recommendations to reduce emissions from the trucking sector while cutting red tape and increasing enforcement on some in the industry that attempt to avoid compliance with environmental equipment rules and standards.
“OTA was encouraged by the feedback provided by Minister Phillips and his staff on ways to develop a green commercial vehicle enforcement action plan, which will eliminate redundancies while also making the Ontario trucking industry more competitive as it continues to do its part to reduce its carbon footprint and protect the environment,” said Wendell Erb. “We look forward to continued discussions with the minister on these important topics.”