November 3, 2017
A few years ago I dove into our industry’s rabbit hole to Wonderland with a five-part special report on the hazards of emissions tampering for commercial truck dealers.
It was an eye-opening topic to research and report on, and after completing the article I was contacted by multiple industry groups to report my findings and what I had learned.
One of those groups was the Used Truck Association (UTA), and in 2014 I made my first trip to the UTA annual convention to provide a brief update to our industry on the legal risks and liability for commercial dealers when encountering emissions tampering.
I provided several questions and answered a lot of questions that week, but in a few cases I do remember questions being posed where I was forced to defer to the people in charge, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“You’d have to confirm that with the EPA,” I remember saying.
On Thursday, the UTA did just that, welcoming Evan Belser of the EPA’s Vehicle and Engine Enforcement Branch to speak at the organization’s 2017 annual convention in Las Vegas.
During a brief presentation and maybe the most active Q&A I’ve ever experienced at a truck show, Belzer provided a ton of useful (and updated) information to the dealer market.
Some key takeaways were:
October totals show trailer orders maintaining positive stretch
Used truck prices see little change in September
Texas driver wins Navistar OnCommand sweepstakes
NTEA customer service webinar scheduled for December
Ryder ups commitment to natural gas within fleet
October order totals confirm Class 8 surge