This letter relates to an article on page C6 of the Aug. 18 edition of the Farm and Dairy regarding efficiency standards for heavy duty vehicles (“Obama outlines details of heavy-duty vehicles fuel efficiency standards.”)
What is in it for this industry to (ask) the government to place more stringent regulations on their product, specifically more expensive vehicles?
It is difficult for me to believe that there are enough owners, manufacturers, and drivers interested in what will likely be a very costly program.
Maybe something else is going on that is not covered in the article such as: 1. The manufacturer gets stimulus dollars. 2. The regulations will require many older model vehicles that do not adhere to the standards be removed from the highway, resulting in more new truck sales.
This whole idea doesn’t pass the smell test. Consumers are again going to ante up either in increased taxes to cover the government bailout or higher costs of goods being transported in more expensive rigs.
This article would fit better in an April 1 edition (April Fools).