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onrdiesel -- Additional training opportunity for Agricultural Vehicle Provision of the Truck and Bus Regulation Posted: 07 Apr 2011 11:31:24
California Air Resources Board has a training class scheduled for April 11, 2011 to inform fleet owners how to comply and take advantage of the agricultural vehicle provisions of the Truck and Bus regulation. The regulation 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 April 29, 2011 and then annually by January 31. The training will provide an overview of the rule, explain what vehicles qualify for the agricultural vehicle extension, and demonstrate how agricultural fleets may report using the Truck Regulations Upload and Compliance Reporting System (TRUCRS). The training class will be held April 11, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM at: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) 1990 East Gettysburg Avenue Fresno, CA 93726 The seminar will be concurrently broadcasted to the following offices: SJVAPCD Modesto Office 4800 Enterprise Way Modesto, CA 95356 SJVAPCD Bakersfield Office 34946 Flyover Court Bakersfield, CA 93308 For additional information and presentation materials please go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onrdiesel/training.htm. For factsheets and other information about the regulation please visit at: http://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. On December 17, 2010, the staff recommended amendments, which are presently pending adoption, that would delay the initial requirement to install particulate matter (PM) retrofit filters by one year to January 1, 2012 and extend the time before a vehicle equipped with a PM filter would have to have an engine that meets 2010 model year emission standards. The amendments would also defer engine replacements for vehicles without PM filters 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 be equipped with an engine meeting 2010 model year emission standards.