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newsrel -- January 1 clean air deadline for state’s trucks and buses

Posted: 21 Dec 2011 13:53:27
Diesel regulations go into effect, no extensions will apply 

California Air Resources Board
Release #:11-56

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990
Mary Fricke

Karen Caesar

January 1 clean air deadline for state’s trucks and buses 

Diesel regulations go into effect, no extensions will apply 

The California Air Resources Board is reminding owners of heavier
diesel trucks and buses that new emission reducing regulations go
into effect January 1, 2012 and many businesses may need to
report compliance on-line.

The regulation, adopted in 2008 and later amended in 2010,
applies to all privately owned and federal government diesel
trucks and buses that transport in California.

“Fleet owners who need to get the facts should call ARB’s diesel
hotline or go the ARB website for assistance as soon as
possible,” said ARB’s Assistant Chief of Mobile Sources Erik
White. “We continue to make tools available to help truckers
better understand the regulation and determine which options make
the most sense for their businesses. Several options are
available for funding ahead of regulatory deadlines, as well.”

The regulation provides owners of heavier trucks and buses (those
with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating greater than 26,000 lbs.) with
two options to reduce diesel emissions. They can:

1. Follow a staggered implementation schedule that requires
1996-1999 model year engines be retrofitted with a diesel
particulate matter (PM) filter by January 1, 2012; or,
2. Use a flexible phase-in option that requires any 30 percent of
vehicles in the fleet to have a PM filter.  (Note: this option
requires fleet owners to report information about all their
heavier vehicles to ARB by January 31, 2012.  Fleets that report
can also take advantage of credits and special provisions.) 

Owners of small fleets (defined as one to three trucks with a
GVWR greater than 14,000 lbs.) can postpone the January 2012
compliance requirement for their heavier trucks until 2014, but
must report their fleet information to ARB by January 31, 2012,
in order to receive the extension. 

Lighter diesel trucks with a GVWR of 14,001 to 26,000 lbs. have
no compliance requirements until 2015.

Business owners may find funding opportunities to upgrade their
fleets through either the Carl Moyer Program, which offers
incentive grants for buying cleaner-than-required engines
yielding early or extra emission reductions, or by using
Proposition 1B funds, available under the Goods Movement
Emissions Reduction Program.  

Truck owners seeking compliance assistance and funding
opportunities can:
• Visit ARB’s Truck Stop at www.arb.ca.gov/truckstop
• Call the Diesel Hotline at 866 6 DIESEL (866- 634-3735)
• Review the Truck and Bus Regulation Fact Sheet 
• Email to 8666DIESEL@ARB.CA.GOV

The truck and bus regulation will significantly reduce emissions
from the nearly one million heavy-duty diesel trucks that operate
in California. The regulation is one of several emission control
measures that aggressively target diesel pollution, which is
associated with a host of health ailments including cancer.
Diesel particulate filters remove 85 percent of the fine particle
pollution found in diesel exhaust.

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

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