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omb -- Truck and Bus Regulation Proposed Amendments Information Posted: 11 Mar 2014 16:01:23
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 trucks. •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 . Background 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. California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.