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arbcombo -- Truck and Bus Regulation Proposed Amendments Information

Posted: 07 Mar 2014 15:09:51
Information about the proposed amendments to the Truck and Bus
regulation is now available.  The amendments are designed to
provide new flexibility to truckers working to clean up their
aging diesel fleets while better protecting the important
emission benefits the regulation provides. The Board will
consider the proposed amendments at its April 2014 meeting.  In
developing these amendments, staff focused on three objectives: 
•Protecting emission reductions by providing lower cost
compliance options to small fleets, low mileage fleets, and
certain rural fleets.
•Providing new opportunities for fleets to access public
incentive funds.
•Recognizing fleets that made early investments to comply. 

To achieve these objectives and benefits, staff is proposing
amendments to the regulation to provide additional regulatory
flexibility to small fleets, lower mileage fleets and fleets in
certain areas that have made substantial progress towards cleaner
air. If approved, the amendments would better protect the
emissions benefits of the regulation that are necessary to meet
California’s air quality obligations under the federal Clean Air
Act, as well as the goals of the ARB’s Diesel Risk Reduction
Plan.  The proposed changes include:

•A longer phase-in period for diesel particulate matter (PM)
requirements for trucks that operate exclusively in certain rural
areas with cleaner air.
•Additional time and a lower cost route for all small fleet
owners to meet their PM compliance requirements, while reopening
opportunities for these fleet owners to apply for and receive
public incentive funding.
•A compliance route for owners currently unable to qualify for a
loan to finance required upgrades.
•Adjusted schedules for low-use vehicles and certain work
•Recognition of fleet owners who took action to comply by
providing additional “useable life” for retrofit trucks and
reducing near-term compliance requirements.

A brief summary of the proposed changes and information about the
rulemaking are available at
http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onrdiesel/amend14.htm . 


The Truck and Bus regulation was approved by the Air Resources
Board (ARB or Board) on December 12, 2008, to reduce emissions of
diesel particulate matter (PM), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and
other criteria pollutants from about one million in-use diesel
trucks and buses.  The regulation requires newer heavier trucks
and buses to meet PM filter requirements beginning January 1,
2012.  Lighter and older heavier trucks must be replaced starting
January 1, 2015.  By January 1, 2023, nearly all trucks and buses
will need to have 2010 model year engines or equivalent.

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