On November 12, 2018, the President of the United States Donald Trump and his Administration announced the creation of the CLEANER TRUCKS INITIATIVE (CTI) to decrease nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from on-highway semi-trucks and engines. NOx is a pollutant that can create both ozone, which contributes to climate change, and particulate matter, which can negatively impact both health and the environment.

NOx emissions have dropped 52% since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enacted new standards in 2001. But increasing truck traffic is expected to account for one third of NOx emissions from the transportation sector by 2025.

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The American Trucking Association (ATA) reports that 70% of goods consumed in the United States are moved by truck!  An industry analysis by DAT Solutions reported that only one truck was available for every 12 loads needing to be shipped at the beginning of 2018!  Fortune Magazine quoted FTR Transportation Intelligence’s report that the truck driver shortfall hit a record 296,311 by mid-2018!

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