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onrdiesel -- Agricultural Provisions Reporting Information Posted: 10 Feb 2011 15:38:20
The California Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) staff has posted several items about the agricultural vehicle provisions of the Truck and Bus regulation, including the online reporting system link and reporting forms. Fleets can take advantage of the agricultural vehicle provisions by submitting information about qualifying vehicles by the March 31, 2011 deadline. This is the final opportunity to apply for the extensions. Staff has posted a factsheet summarizing the agricultural vehicle provisions consistent with the amendments considered by the Board on December 17, 2010. The factsheet is available at http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onrdiesel/documents.htm. Staff is also mailing letters to agricultural fleet owners acknowledging their 2010 agricultural vehicle application, along with instructions on how to report and update any information previously reported. The letters will include online account information so that fleets can use the online system to view and update their records. All agricultural fleets that reported in 2010 should receive their letters within the next two weeks. The online reporting system is now available for agricultural fleets to report at http://www.arb.ca.gov/trucrsreporting/. Agricultural fleets that reported in 2010 can login to the online system to provide January 1, 2011 odometer readings and update vehicle information for 2011. Fleets that are reporting for the first time can create an account and enter their information directly online without using paper reporting forms. The user guide provides information on how to report and has the paper reporting forms. For fleets that do not have internet access, please call 866-6DIESEL (866-634-3735) to request copies by mail. For more information about the regulation, go to www.arb.ca.gov/dieseltruck. If you have any questions, please call 866-6DIESEL (866-634-3735) or email at: email@example.com. Background On December 11, 2008, the Board approved for adoption the Truck and Bus regulation to control emissions from nearly all existing diesel powered heavy-duty trucks and buses operating in California. The regulation became effective under California law on January 8, 2010. The regulation applies to diesel fueled trucks and buses with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 14,000 pounds that are privately owned, federally owned, and to publicly and privately owned school buses. Local and state government owned diesel fueled trucks and buses are already subject to other ARB regulations. Reducing emissions from in-use trucks and buses is necessary to meet federally imposed clean air standards and to reduce the adverse health effects from truck and bus pollution. In an update to the Board on December 9, 2009, a staff analysis showed that because of the global recession emissions from trucks and busses covered by the regulation were lower than originally anticipated. The Board directed staff to propose amendments to the Truck and Bus Regulation that would provide additional flexibility for fleets without impairing the Stateís ability to meet federal air quality standards. On December 17, 2010, the staff recommended amendments that would delay the initial requirement to install particulate matter (PM) retrofit filters by one year to January 1, 2012 and extended the time those vehicles would comply with PM filters installed. The amendments would also defer engine replacements for two years until January 1, 2015. Prior to 2020, replacements would be limited to 20 year old or older trucks that are not equipped with PM filters. By January 1, 2023, most vehicles would still need to have 2010 model year engines or equivalent. Enforcement Advisory 424 was issued to reflect the Boards direction; inclusion in this advisory was the extension of the agricultural vehicle provision reporting deadline, allowing fleets who did not report in 2010 to report by March 31, 2011 to participate in this provision. To review this advisory, go to http://www.arb.ca.gov/enf/advs/advs424.pdf