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newsrel -- Air Resources Board launches “Gear Up for Clean Truck Month” in August

Posted: 02 Aug 2012 09:40:47
Statewide enforcement campaign to focus on compliance and

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ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990

Karen Caesar

Cassandra Hockenson

Air Resources Board launches “Gear Up for Clean Truck Month” in

Statewide enforcement campaign to focus on compliance and

SACRAMENTO - August may be the dog days of summer, but in
California it’s also Gear Up for Clean Truck Month, with the Air
Resources Board launching a multi-agency campaign to make sure
that trucks traversing the state’s highways are in compliance
with state air pollution laws.

"Our goal this month is to do everything in our power to make
sure truckers know the rules and that they understand how to
comply," said ARB Executive Officer James Goldstene. "All our
diesel regulations were adopted with one thing in mind -
protecting public health.  Focusing on enforcement gives us the
chance not only to educate drivers on why the regulations are
important but also to ensure that truck owners investing in
cleaner equipment are on a level playing field with those who are
not playing by the rules.”

State measures aimed at cleaning up diesel vehicles include
requirements to report fleet information to ARB, employ
fuel-saving technology, install diesel soot filters and replace
or upgrade aging engines and transport refrigeration units.

Working in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol and
other allied agencies, ARB will deploy inspectors throughout the
state, focusing on trade hubs, weigh stations, ports, railyards
and major points of entry into the state.
The campaign is also geared to provide advice and educational
materials including information and fact sheets on how to follow
regulations, maintain equipment properly, and grants and funding
that may be available now and in the future to help purchase
clean trucks and related equipment.

Environmental groups, community organizations and industry have
all expressed support for Gear Up for Clean Truck Month, noting
its goals to educate truckers, improve air quality and protect
public health in the most feasible cost-efficient manner.

Truckers with questions can visit the ARB website at
www.arb.ca.gov and click on The Truck Stop, contact the ARB
Diesel Hotline at 1-866-6-DIESEL or email 8666Diesel@arb.ca.gov.

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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