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schoolbus -- schoolbus --Truck and Bus Regulation Requirements for School Buses Beginning January 1, 2012 Posted: 17 Nov 2011 08:25:56
The California Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) staff has issued this announcement as a reminder of the upcoming Truck and Bus Regulation requirements for school buses beginning on January 1, 2012. Diesel-fueled school buses with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating over 14,000 pounds are subject to the Truck and Bus Regulation. • Compliance can be met by either retrofitting a school bus with a particulate filter or by replacing a school bus with one that is already equipped with a particulate filter. • Owners must retire school buses manufactured before April 1, 1977, by January 1, 2012. • Remaining school buses must have particulate filters (that reduce diesel PM emissions by 85 percent) installed on 33 percent of the regulated fleet by January 1, 2012. • By January 1, 2013, 66 percent of the regulated fleet must have particulate filters installed. • By January 1, 2014, 100 percent of the regulated fleet must have particulate filters installed. • Owners of school buses with 1988-1993 model year engines have the option to delay the particulate filter requirement until January 1, 2014. • Other provisions of the regulation are summarized in the Truck and Bus Regulation School Bus Provisions fact sheet at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onrdiesel/documents/fsschoolbus.pdf The regulation is posted at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2010/truckbus10/tbfro.pdf School bus provisions start on page 34 of the regulation. For more information about the Truck and Bus Regulation, please go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onrdiesel/onrdiesel.htm If you have any questions or need help determining compliance, please contact Lisa Jennings at 916 322-6913 or at firstname.lastname@example.org . Background: The Air Resources Board adopted a number of regulations that require diesel engine owners to reduce their engine emissions. These regulations are part of the State’s plan to meet federal ambient air quality standards and to protect public health. Between now and 2023, nearly all trucks and buses that operate in California and have a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating greater than 14,000 pounds must upgrade to reduce exhaust emissions. Similar requirements will also become effective in the next several years affecting owners and operators of certain off-road equipment (including equipment used in construction, industrial, and airport operations. To comply with these requirements, fleet owners can upgrade existing engines by installing particulate matter (PM) filter retrofits or other Verified Diesel Emission Control Strategies (VDECS), or by upgrading to cleaner engines. For more information regarding these regulations please call 866-6DIESEL (866-634-3735) or go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/truckstop/truckstop.htm .