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hdghg -- New Tractor-Trailer Greenhouse Gas Regulation Compliance Tool for Truck Drivers and Shippers Now Available Online Posted: 21 May 2013 13:08:13
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has developed a website to help truck drivers and freight shippers determine the compliance requirements of individual 53-foot box trailers with California’s Tractor-Trailer Greenhouse Gas Regulation (Regulation). The website will report whether a trailer has been registered with CARB for an extension or an exemption so that they may operate in California without aerodynamic retrofits. Users will be able to access the website from any internet-enabled device (including computers, mobile phones, or tablets) to search for a trailer by VIN or license plate number. This website will be most helpful for users in the field that need to know whether a trailer currently not equipped with aerodynamic devices may be operated legally in California at a given point in time. Trailers that are not retrofitted and are not reported on the website may still be compliant with the regulation if the trailer: -Is traveling empty -Is being pulled by tractors registered with CARB as short haul or local haul -Has a pass or is being pulled by a tractor with a pass (a copy will be with the driver or on the trailer) -Is a 2003-2009 reefer with a 2003 or newer reefer engine Users seeking compliance information on trailers meeting any of the above criteria will not be able to use the results of this website, and will have to visually confirm a trailer’s compliance status. The website may be accessed at arb.ca.gov/ghgcheck. To assist users with the compliance tool, a help page is included at https://ssl.arb.ca.gov/ssltrucrs/trucrs_reporting/mobile/index.php?page=help. Background The Regulation applies to 53-foot or longer dry van or refrigerated van box-type trailers and the tractors that pull them on California highways. The Regulation requires tractor-trailers operating in California to use tractors and box-type trailers that utilize certain aerodynamic equipment and low rolling resistance tires, as verified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program, to meet specified fuel efficiency improvements. All affected trailers must comply with the aerodynamic requirements by January 1, 2013, unless they were registered for extensions and exemptions. Because owners of trailers, motor carriers, truck drivers, California-based shippers, and California-based brokers are all responsible for complying with the regulation, this tool was developed to help them determine which trailers they can legally operate in California. For further information about the regulation, training, outreach efforts, compliance tool, or the full text of the Regulation, please visit http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/hdghg/hdghg.htm or call 866-6DIESEL (866-634-3735), or email us at email@example.com.