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EPA's Smart Way Program For Big Rigs


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A trucker's tool of the trade, big rigs have been making the news lately. As fuel prices continue to rise, and truckers protest the government's unwillingness to help relieve the situation, truckers have been shutting down their rigs or driving slowly on the road, blocking traffic and making it clear how important the trucking industry is in the United States.

Because of their importance to the economy, an effort has been made to increase the fuel economy of big rigs to save truckers money and to improve emissions in the United States. The changes will affect the way you shop when you choose to purchase a new big rig.

For example, in 2007, new truck models were available offering models certified by the EPA's Smart Way program, a plan conceived in order to improve fuel economy. The program allows truckers who buy 2007 models of big rigs to choose to enroll in the program, which offers Smart Way certified parts that are proven to increase fuel economy. The Smart Way website has one application form to fill out to allow you a chance to apply for a loan to purchase these parts, or a Smart Way Certified Trailer, which is then sent out to multiple financial institutions. The trucker is then under no obligation to accept any offers.

In 2007, emissions standards in the United States changed, a change that may continue to affect new models of trucks, driving up the costs for manufacturers and making the models more expensive.

While changes in emissions may save truckers more money in the long run, those who choose to purchase big rigs in the near future may pay an upfront cost.

Marilee McCormack is the managing editor for which specializes in Sell Trucks .


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