EPA Phase 2 Rules Likely To Include Glider Kits


It’s been well known that trailers will be included in the EPA’s Phase 2GHG/MPG mandate, and a recent “Notice of Data Availability” on the proposed rule also points to tractor glider kits falling under the rule.

Directed at those choosing to provide comment on the proposed rule, the agencies said that new “data and memoranda” has been placed in the Phase 2 rulemaking’s public docket, according to Heavy Duty Trucking.

The updated information touches on a range of elements of the proposal, including the “applicability of emission standards and certification responsibilities for trailers, glider vehicles, and glider kits.”

In a separate development, EPA has produced a “draft memorandum” that affirms its authority to regulate manufacturers of trailers and of glider kits concerning GHG emission limits, according to a recent Transport Topics news story.

The federal proposal calls for setting CO2 limits for 2021- to 2027-model trucks and tractors and 2018- to 2027-model-year trailers as entire vehicles – but also would set separate engine fuel-efficiency standards for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles.

The new standards would regulate trailers for the first time and would make glider kits be subject to GHG limits. As proposed, the rule would require, starting in 2018, that engines used in glider kits meet the same standards as new vehicles.

Comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OAR–2014–0827 (for EPA’s docket) and NHTSA–2014–0132 (for NHTSA’s docket) may be submitted by one of the following methods:

  • Online via www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
  • Email to a-and-r-docket@epa.gov.
  • Mail to EPA: Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. NHTSA: Docket Management Facility, M–30, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, Rm. W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
  • Hand Delivery to EPA: EPA Docket Center, EPA WJC West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. NHTSA: West Building, Ground Floor, Rm. W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
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