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The Diesel Hotline staff often receive calls that are similar. To provide you with quicker service
we are answering the most frequently asked question by other truck owners like you.






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Q: I heard that there is a new extension available that delays compliance until 2018, is this true?    

A: No. However, the Board approved an option that, in specific situations, could delay compliance for up to three trucks until January 1, 2017 for owners that can

demonstrate they are financially unable to comply. This option is called the Economic Hardship Extension. The Economic Hardship Extension is a last resort for fleets

that were out of compliance for 2014 and have exhausted all of their compliance options. Fleet owners will need to prove they are financially unable to comply with rule requirements.
Take our questionnaire to see if you qualify for the Economic Hardship Extension. Eligibility does not mean automatic approval.

 

Q: I want to purchase a truck which is currently using an extension or credit. Would I be able to use the same extension or credit and keep the same compliance deadline after the purchase?  

A: No, if a vehicle that is using an extension or credit is purchased by another fleet, the extension or the credit cannot be transferred. Extensions, delays and credits are

specific for each fleet and are not transferable.

A fleet owner who purchases a non-compliant vehicle needs to bring it immediately into compliance. A non-compliant vehicle may be operated within 30 days of adding

the vehicle to the fleet, solely for the purpose of having the vehicle’s exhaust temperature data logged. A fleet owner can also report a non-compliant truck and choose an appropriate compliance option, such as the Low-Use Vehicle Exemption, Low-Mileage Work Truck and NOx Exemption, if the vehicle meets the eligibility criteria for these options. A fleet owner must report the vehicle within 30 days of purchase to demonstrate that the fleet, as newly constituted, complies with the Truck and Bus regulation.

To learn about different extensions and their eligibility criteria, please read the following fact sheets and documents:

http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onrdiesel/documents.php.


Additionally, California sellers must notify the buyer that the vehicle may be subject to retrofit or accelerated replacement requirements and to print the disclosure on the

bill of sale, sales contract addendum, or invoice. Sellers should provide the disclosure prior to the sale so that the buyer can be aware of the regulation when making a

purchase decision. Furthermore, the seller must keep records of the disclosure notice for three years for each buyer. Please read Advisory 416.

 


Previous Hot Topics

Q: I heard that there is a new extension available that delays compliance until 2018, is this true?   

A: The Board approved an option that could delay compliance for up to three trucks until January 1, 2017 for owners that can demonstrate they are financially unable to 

comply. This option is called the Economic Hardship Extension. The Economic Hardship Extension is a last resort for fleets that were out of compliance for 2014 and

have exhausted all of their compliance options. Fleet owners will need to prove they are financially unable to comply with rule requirements.
Take our questionnaire to see if you qualify for the Economic Hardship Extension. Eligibility does not mean automatic approval.

 

Q: How do I print a reporting certificate for my truck?

A: To print a reporting certificate in TRUCRS follow 4 Steps to Finding and Printing a Truck and Bus Certificate.

Q: I am a small fleet. Is there any extra extension I can use in addition to the Small Fleet Option?

A: Our diesel hotline is receiving many calls about the possibility of a new or extra extension for small fleets. There is no additional deadline or extension for
the small fleet owner. By January 1, 2014, one of the heavier vehicles in your small fleet should be retrofitted with a  Particulate Matter (PM) filter, or it should
have an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) diesel particulate filter. For more information, see the small fleet FAQ document and our fleet example page.

 

Q: What if I am unable to install the PM filter by the Jan 1, 2014 deadline? What other provisions are open to me?    

A: ARB recognizes that many fleets are taking actions to comply with the January 1, 2014, deadline but may not be able to complete them on time. For such fleets, ARB is providing guidance to truck owners that are compliant for 2013 and have made good faith efforts to comply with the January 1, 2014, deadline to give assurance that they 

will not be subject to enforcement action for non-compliance prior to July 1, 2014. In addition, at its October 24, 2013, meeting, the Board directed ARB staff to examine 

several potential changes to the regulation that could provide owners additional compliance flexibility. For more information, see the Truckstop Nov 13th Advisory page 

regarding these changes