CA To Ban Sale Of New Diesel Trucks By 2036
California regulators approved a ban on the sale of new diesel trucks and buses by 2036, the latest in a series of increasingly ambitious moves to curb planet-warming pollution from vehicles.
The rule, which must be approved by the federal government, would fully eliminate the sale of new trucks that emit carbon dioxide across the state by 2045. The rule builds in intermediate goals in the coming years for government organizations and private companies to decrease their use of diesel trucks.
The ban would create the most stringent practices related to truck emissions in the country, keeping California at the forefront of states in trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some large companies have already begun to use heavy-duty vehicles that emit little to no carbon dioxide, but the plan would require a complete transition in new truck purchases by 2036.
The state hopes the ban will save money related to health costs caused by pollution, including asthma attacks and respiratory illness. The American Trucking Associations, a trade organization for the trucking industry, criticized the ban, saying that it has worked to significantly reduce emissions but needs more flexibility.
Truck accident lawyers will have an essential role well into the foreseeable future:
- First, even if all new diesel trucks were banned, there would still be a large number of older diesel trucks on the road. These trucks would continue to be involved in accidents, and the victims of these accidents would still need legal representation.
- Second, even if all diesel trucks were removed from the road, there would still be a need for truck accident lawyers to represent victims of accidents involving other types of trucks, such as gasoline-powered trucks and semi-trailers.
- Third, a ban on diesel trucks would not address the root causes of truck accidents, such as driver fatigue, distracted driving, and poor road conditions. As a result, even if there were fewer diesel trucks on the road, there would still be a significant number of truck accidents.
- Finally, a ban on diesel trucks would likely lead to an increase in the cost of shipping goods. This would make it more difficult for businesses to compete, and it could lead to job losses. As a result, there would be more pressure on drivers to work longer hours and to drive more recklessly. This would increase the risk of truck accidents, and it would lead to an increased demand for truck accident lawyers.
In conclusion, a ban on diesel trucks would not reduce the need for truck accident lawyers. In fact, it could lead to an increase in the demand for these lawyers.