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newsrel -- Air Resources Board Steps Up Border Area Enforcement

Posted: 19 Jun 2013 15:28:03
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:



News Release 13-34

June 19, 2013

Karen Caesar
(626) 575-6728

Air Resources Board Steps Up Border Area Enforcement

Trucks serving ports and rail yards must be compliant with all
regulations; targets include ‘dray-off’ activities and
dispatching illegal trucks 

SACRAMENTO - The Air Resources Board has stepped up enforcement
of its diesel truck regulations to ensure that only vehicles
compliant with California’s stringent anti-pollution laws travel
across the US border into the state.

All trucks transporting cargo originating from, or going to, a
regulated port or rail yard in California must be compliant
drayage trucks. Among other violations ARB staff is looking for
at the border are "dray-offs." A dray-off occurs when a compliant
truck exchanges cargo with a noncompliant truck on or off port

“Starting last fall, ARB staff has been regularly visiting the
border towns of Otay Mesa and Calexico to educate truckers and
business owners in English and Spanish about how to comply with
our regulations and what happens when you don’t,” said ARB
Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden. “We have been working diligently to
send a strong, consistent message that the benefits of compliance
far outweigh the risks of ignoring or procrastinating when it
comes to cleaning up your vehicles or participating in illegal

Drayage trucks that engage in dray-offs are circumventing
regulatory requirements, adversely impacting the air quality of
the surrounding communities. The illegal activity also provides
an unfair advantage over those who have spent money to comply.

Truckers may receive stiff penalties for participating in
dray-off. In addition, motor carriers and transport companies
that dispatch trucks involved in dray-offs can face fines, too.
In 2012, ARB conducted 3,650 inspections on 1,938 trucks in Otay
Mesa, Calexico and Tecate to check compliance with a variety of
rules including excessive idling, correct engine labeling, smoke
emissions and tampering, and use of verified emissions reductions
equipment for compliance with ARB regulations. 
A total of 261 citations were issued.
“Working with the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, visiting trade
shows and conducting well-attended workshops and classes have
been instrumental in reaching the local trucking industry,” said
Ryden. “We are pleased that they have embraced this issue and are
eager to help us get our message out.”

Despite decades of progress in cleaning up the air, California
still has the poorest air quality in the nation, which has led to
passage of progressive regulations to fight the problem. One of
these is the Drayage Truck Regulation that focuses on
diesel-fueled trucks that transport marine or rail cargo and
These trucks must be registered with ARB and be upgraded or
replaced according to a specific timetable. The Truck and Bus
Regulation also requires heavy duty diesel trucks to be cleaned
up. Information about how to comply can be found by visiting
ARB’s informational Truck Stop website at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/truckstop/truckstop.htm or a Summary
of Requirements for diesel truck and equipment owners found here:
Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and over 40
other known cancer-causing compounds. In 1998, California
identified diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant
based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death and other
health problems.


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