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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:
8666diesel@arb.ca.gov .

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

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