Trucking companies, industry trade associations and environmental groups primarily oppose easing new emissions standards for the glider industry.
That’s the consensus of more than 60 speakers from groups that testified at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing Monday to debate a potential loophole that would allow remanufactuered trucks – gliders – to stay on the roads. Participants included Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Group and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
A glider kit consists of a chassis, frame, cab and front axle, which are combined with a refurbished powertrain, including a remanufactured engine, transmission and rear axle from an older truck. Once assembled, they are called glider vehicles or gliders. Truckers can purchase gliders for approximately 25 percent less than the cost of a new truck.