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newsrel -- ARB extends tractor-trailer reporting deadline to August 1

Posted: 01 Jul 2011 10:16:20
Last chance for large fleets to take advantage of flexible
phase-in option 

California Air Resources Board
Release #:11-26

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990
Karen Caesar

Mary Fricke

ARB extends tractor-trailer reporting deadline to August 1 

Last chance for large fleets to take advantage of flexible
phase-in option 

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board announced today
that trailer fleet owners now have an extra 30 days – until
August 1, 2011 -  to register their fleets if they want to  take
advantage of a flexible phase-in option for a new California
regulation designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Tractor-Trailer Greenhouse Gas regulation requires tractors
with 53-foot or longer trailers that travel in California to be
equipped with U.S. EPA SmartWay verified aerodynamic technologies
including low rolling resistance tires, skirts and fairings. 

“ARB has designed this regulation so that flexible options are
available to businesses for planning purposes”, said ARB Chairman
Mary D. Nichols.  “This way, businesses can add this equipment
and start saving money on fuel and reducing greenhouse gas

Large fleets (with 21 or more trailers) may take advantage of a
flexible option which allows fleet compliance to be phased in
over five years, from 2011 through 2015. In order to take
advantage of this phase-in option, owners must submit a
compliance plan to the ARB that includes a list of trailers in
the fleet and the scheduled percentage of trailers to be brought
into compliance each year.

Large fleets that do not choose this option must bring all of
their pre-2011 model year trailers into compliance by January 1,

ARB estimates that from 2010 to 2020, the regulation is expected
to reduce 33 million metric tons of CO2 emissions nationwide.
Tractors and trailers with aerodynamic technologies are more fuel
efficient, and are estimated to save about 3 billion gallons of
diesel fuel from nationwide operations. As a result, fleet owners
can expect to see a return on their investment for skirts, tires
and fairings within 2.3 years if they travel 100,000 miles per

Fleet owners can register by creating an account and entering
their plan for their trailers online at:

Instructions on how to prepare and submit a plan can be found in
the Large Fleet Compliance fact sheet: 

Owners without computer access can submit their plan via regular
mail to: 
Air Resources Board 
Attn: ORHDD Section 
9480 Telstar Avenue, Suite 4 
El Monte, CA 91731 

AB 32, signed by California’s governor in 2006, is California's
Global Warming Solutions Act that set in law aggressive
greenhouse gas reduction targets that will reduce emissions to
1990 levels by 2020.  As part of its Scoping Plan, ARB is using a
mix of approaches to meet climate change goals, including the
tractor-trailer greenhouse gas rule and other complementary

For more information on the  Tractor-Trailer Greenhouse Gas
regulation , go to http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/hdghg/hdghg.htm or
call 1-866-6-DIESEL.


ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare,
and ecological resources through effective reduction of air
pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the
economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in
California to attain and maintain health based air quality

Office of Communications 1001 I Street, Sacramento CA 95814. Ph:
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