The American Trucking Association praised the Obama administration for their work to set, for the first time, fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. “Today’s announcement by President Obama is welcome news to us in the trucking industry,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. “Our members have been pushing for the setting of fuel efficiency standards for some time and today marks the culmination of those efforts.” Graves also commented that other fuel-savings efforts can help, and should be promoted, such as maximum speed limits for long-haul trucks, idling rules and incentives to promote fuel savings. Owner operators, who essentially run their own businesses as contractors, not employees, can benefit from fuel savings since they typically get paid by the miles they drive.]]>