At the start of 2012, the state of California implemented stricter requirements on diesel emissions for newer heavier trucks. The same action put tighter diesel emissions rules in place for lighter and older heavier trucks at the start of 2015. The final step in this progression provides, "By January 1, 2023, nearly all trucks and buses will need to have 2010 model year engines or equivalent." Why are we telling you all of this? Because, faced with the same tough choice as all CA companies that use diesel trucks – between retrofitting our older, less-fuel-efficient trucks and upgrading our fleet itself – we chose the latter option. It was costlier in the short run to get new vehicles, but it was worth it. Simply put, the newer our trucks, the more sustainably and efficiently we can assist you with all your transportation and disposal needs. Think of it like an airline’s fleet. Would you rather fly on a Dreamliner or an old turboprop? The photo accompanying this piece shows one of our newer trucks. It may not soar above the clouds, but our drivers have as much pride in this lower-emissions road dog as pilots have in their newfangled birds.
Getting Ahead of the Requirements for Truck Upgrades
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