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newsrel -- REMINDER: Two-for-one special for California on-road truck fleets Posted: 22 Apr 2011 16:57:07
Purchase of a particulate filter by May 1 earns early action credit Media contact ARB PIO at 916-322-2990. ARB offers a two-for-one special for California on-road truck fleets Purchase of a particulate filter by May 1 earns early action credit Dated: April 22, 2011 Contact: Tony Brasil This month ARB announced that by installing a particulate filter on one truck, fleets may delay compliance for another truck until January 1, 2017. It’s like a “buy-one-get-one-free” credit, and there is no limit on how many trucks in the fleet can earn it. The special credit offers fleets another option to comply with the state’s 2008 Truck and Bus regulation, which the Board approved to meet national clean air standards by 2014 and 2023. “California fleets need to act quickly to take advantage of this special offer,” said ARB manager Tony Brasil. “Fleets owners that do will have more time for other trucks in the fleet to comply with California clean air laws.” This article focuses on answers to the most commonly asked questions on the special two-for-one compliance credit option. 1. Who can take advantage of the early particulate filter credits? Privately or federally owned fleets with trucks or buses that must comply with the Truck and Bus regulation can apply the credits toward meeting the particulate matter filter requirements for heavier vehicles with a GVWR greater than 26,000 lbs. 2. How do I earn the credit? Fleet owners can earn a credit for each vehicle with a GVWR greater than 14,000 lbs. that is retrofit by July 1, 2011 with the best available particulate filter technology. Fleet owners can also earn the credit by making a minimum 20 percent deposit on a filter by May 1, 2011 as long as it’s installed by October 1, 2011. 3. How does the credit count toward compliance? The early action credit counts toward compliance with the particulate matter filter phase-in option for heavier trucks with a manufacturer’s GVWR greater than 26,000 lbs. The credit counts as two particulate filters and delays compliance for another vehicle in the fleet until January 1, 2017. Also, any vehicle that is equipped with a particulate filter prior to January 1, 2014, including those that are retrofitted to earn the early particulate matter filter credit, would comply until January 1, 2020. 4. How do I claim the credit? Do I have to report? Fleets that earn the credit must keep records of the purchase and particulate matter filter installation and report all vehicle information in the fleet for trucks with a GVWR greater than 26,000 lbs. by January 31, 2012. Helpful information on reporting, the regulation and other requirements can be found at http://www.arb.ca.gov/dieseltruck . While there is no filter requirement for lighter trucks, fleet owners have the option of retrofitting one and by doing so can still earn a credit on a heavier truck. Fleet owners who install a retrofit early on a lighter truck (14,0001 to 26,000 GVWR) must report the vehicle information for that truck as well. 5. Will I lose the credit if I sell or replace the vehicle? The extra credits stay with the fleet as long as the retrofitted vehicle remains operational in the fleet up to January 1, 2017, and the engine in the replacement vehicle is one model year newer and has a particulate matter filter that is original equipment or is retrofitted. 6. Do I get credit if public funds were used to pay for the retrofit? Credits will not be given for partially state-funded retrofits, according to the funding program guidelines applicable to the particular source of public funds used for the purchase. 7. Why do we have the regulation? Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and over 40 other known cancer-causing compounds. In 1998, California identified diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death and other health problems. For more information on the Truck and Bus regulation, go to: www.arb.ca.gov/dieseltruck or call 1-866-6DIESEL