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onrdiesel -- Additional training opportunity for Agricultural Vehicle Provision of the Truck and Bus Regulation Posted: 03 Mar 2011 10:44:43
California Air Resources Board has added a training class on the compliance and reporting for the Truck and Bus regulation agricultural vehicle provisions. The Truck and Bus Rule includes a provision that allows many agricultural fleets to delay clean-up requirements until 2017 or 2023, dependent on qualifying use and miles driven. Fleets utilizing the agricultural provision must report their vehicles by March 31, 2011 and then annually by January 31. The training will provide an overview of the current rule, explain what vehicles qualify for the agricultural vehicle extension, and demonstrate how agricultural fleets may submit their report using the TRUCRS reporting system. The training will be held on March 9, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at: Cal/EPA Building, Sierra Hearing Room 1001 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814 This training session will also be webcast and can be viewed at http://www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast/?BDO=1 . For additional training classes and events go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onrdiesel/training.htm . For factsheets and other information about the regulation please visit at: www.arb.ca.gov/dieseltruck. If you have any questions, please call 866-6DIESEL (866-634-3735) or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org . 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 State’s 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