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newsrel -- ARB "Gear Up for Clean Truck Month" a success

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 14:34:11
4,000 trucks inspected at 40 locations statewide help clean the
air and send a clear message to truckers . 

The Air Resources Board announced today that its month-long
multi-agency campaign to ensure that trucks traveling on
California’s roadways are obeying state air pollution laws was a
huge success.

With assistance from the California Highway Patrol, Caltrans and
the California Department of Food and Agriculture, ARB staff
inspected 4,053 trucks at roughly 40 locations throughout the
state during August, noting an overall compliance rate of more
than 80 percent.  Trucks were inspected for compliance with many
air pollution laws including those requiring owners of certain
model year vehicles to install diesel soot filters to reduce
harmful diesel emissions.

In particular, for 1996-1999 model year trucks – the first model
years required to currently be in compliance under the
comprehensive Truck and Bus regulation passed in 2008 – the
compliance rate was 90 percent.  This includes those truck owners
who met the regulatory requirements by either registering their
vehicles with ARB to take advantage of flexibility in the
regulation, or who had already installed diesel soot filters.

“We’re pleased to see such a high level of compliance,” said ARB
Executive Officer James Goldstene.  “While ARB will continue to
dedicate significant resources to assist fleets in complying with
California’s clean truck requirements, owners and operators
should understand that our enforcement efforts will continue
throughout the year, and that our goal is to make every month a
‘clean truck month.’ The word is out that ARB is fairly enforcing
these critically important regulations and working to ensure a
level playing field for everyone in the trucking industry.” 

Overall, a total of 817 citations were given during the four-week
effort.  Of that total, 212 were for violations of the Transport
Refrigeration Unit rule, 191 for non-compliance with the Bus and
Truck rule, 187 for idling infractions, and 174 for Emissions
Certification Labels violations.

To help educate drivers and reinforce the importance of obeying
air pollution laws and proper vehicle maintenance, ARB staff
distributed more than 4,600 information packets in English and

The month-long effort received extensive media coverage, with a
focus on the enforcement efforts in Fresno, Otay Mesa (at the
Mexican border) and the Port of Oakland.  ARB experts were
interviewed on mainstream radio and television newscasts, on a
variety of satellite radio programs geared toward truckers, in
local newspapers and in trade press publications popular in the
trucking industry.  In all, news media and online sources
produced 37 stories about the effort.

Environmental groups, community organizations and industry all
expressed support for “Gear Up for Clean Truck Month,” lauding
its goals to enforce a wide range of mobile source regulations
all focused on cleaning up diesel emissions, improving air
quality and protecting public health in the most feasible
cost-efficient manner.

Vehicle owners may want to take note of impending deadlines in
order to place equipment orders and prepare for compliance with a
variety of regulations.  Deadlines coming up quickly for diesel
vehicles include:

December 31, 2012: 
• Transport Refrigeration Units with 2005 model year engines must
be replaced with Ultra-Low-Emission TRUs.

January 1, 2013:

• Under the Truck and Bus regulation, diesel truck fleets must
either install diesel soot filters (or upgrade equipment) on
trucks with 2000 to 2004 model year engines or meet phase-in
option requirements. 

• For vehicles covered under the Drayage Truck Regulation,
2005-2006 engine model year trucks greater than 33,000 lbs. gross
vehicle weight rating must have diesel soot filters.

• Tractor-Trailer Greenhouse Gas regulation:

- Fleets with 20 or fewer affected trailers must register if they
want to use a compliance option that will allow them up to four
additional years to participate in the Small Fleet Compliance

- Low-rolling resistance tires are required for 2010 model year
and older tractors that pull 53 foot-long box-type trailers. 

- SmartWay aerodynamic requirements must be met by all 53-foot or
longer box-type trailers not using a phase-in option. 

For specific information on ARB’s rules and deadlines, visit the
ARB Truck Stop or call the Diesel Hotline at 1 866 6DIESEL (1
866-634-3735).  If you need additional information, please
contact Karen Caesar at (626)575-6728 or Cassandra Hockenson at

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