ation that the higher productivity of these vehicles can also be used to justify the implementation of additional safety technologies.
Recommendation 9-6. The DOT and DOE, in discussion with the Congress, should consider the recommendations of the Transportation Research Board regarding the establishment of a Commercial Traffic Effects Institute or a similar approach.
Finding 9-10. The DOE-DOT draft white paper on efficient operations in its current form does not include any goals that could be used to prioritize and drive R&D efforts on efficient operations.
Recommendation 9-7. Specific goals for efficient operations should be developed, with strong consideration given to exploiting the potential for intelligent transportation systems to reduce fuel consumption. In addition, priorities should be set for the R&D, testing, and data collection needed to analyze the benefits, drawbacks, and potential unintended consequences of removing barriers, including regulatory barriers, to the application of fuel-saving features. The draft white paper on efficient operations should be rewritten to take the findings and recommendations of the committee into account. The 21CTP partners, trucking fleets, and major suppliers should be involved in setting goals and research priorities.
Finding 9-11. There is a need for a more detailed evaluation of the large potential for fuel savings from efficient operations than is provided in the existing DOE-DOT draft white paper of February 25, 2011. This more detailed study can be used to set goals, targets, and timetables for fuel savings from efficient operations.
Recommendation 9-8. The DOE and DOT should study the potential fuel savings from efficient operations in more detail, including a review of cost-effectiveness and ease of implementation. Once this information is available, goals, targets, and timetables for fuel savings from efficient operations should be established. Programs should then be developed and implemented to realize the available fuel savings.
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