YRC Worldwide is committed to environmental sustainability - driving to be green.

Fleet Strategy: With 14,000 power units, YRCW companies have many opportunities to optimize equipment use for environmental and corporate efficiencies.

Our fleet strategy centers on equipment use, cleaner-burning fuels and fuel-efficient engines.


  • Since the beginning of 2015, we have replaced 20% of our approximately 14,000 tractors and 15% of our approximately 44,000 trailers.
  • About 70% of our linehaul vehicles will be three years old or newer by mid-2018.  Linehaul vehicles operate between distribution centers and terminals and run the highest number of miles of all tractor types in our fleet.
  • All of our 53-foot and 28-foot trailers entering the fleet are equipped with aerodynamic skirts and fuel-efficient tires.
  • YRCW caps speed below 65 mph on all units, which reduces fuel consumption and emissions.
  • Where appropriate, we operate our equipment with fuel-efficient tires.

Alternative Fueled Vehicles

  • We are testing out LNG vehicles in a limited pilot project to see how they operate within our network.
  • A limited number of hybrid diesels are being used for city pickup and delivery in the northeast.
  • We are testing electrical yard vehicles in California.

Engine-idling restrictions

We have self-imposed restrictions on power-unit idling to reduce emissions and save fuel. Many states and localities are seeing the benefit of this practice and are beginning to issue idling restrictions. Power units burn one gallon of fuel an hour when idling.

  • We limit on-duty idling to 5–15 minutes.
  • YRCW companies have eliminated overnight idling of our trucks by purchasing more than 460,000 hotel room nights annually for our drivers.

Cleaner-burning fuels for our equipment

  • We use biodiesel fuel, an emerging alternative, which burns cleaner than petroleum-based diesel.
  • Our priority focus now continues to be to replenish our fleet with clean diesel trucks while testing other options.
  • We engage with industry trade associations and our suppliers to discuss future options for alternative fuels.

Tire pressure program

  • Our tire-pressure program, which we use systemwide, shows real fuel efficiencies and related emissions reductions.
  • An outside party audits the program to ensure effectiveness.