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Financial Opportunities for Updating Fleets - June 17, 2014

In an effort to assist vehicle and equipment owners seeking to comply with California’s diesel regulations, the Air Resources Board offers a variety of loan and incentive programs to help businesses update their fleets.

Fleets seeking financial opportunities to help upgrade their heavy-duty diesel trucks have several options, including:


  • ARB’s Providing Loan Assistance for California Equipment (PLACE) can help truckers unable to obtain conventional financing. The loan program is open to qualified small-business truck owners with fleets of 10 or fewer heavy-duty diesel vehicles. They must have 100 or fewer employees and generate less than $10 million in annual revenue - and primarily operate in California. Truckers may access the program by contacting participating qualified California Capital Access Program (or CalCAP) lenders. This program has helped many drivers come into compliance. To date, approved lenders have provided fleets with millions of dollars in loans to meet the Truck and Bus Regulation requirements.

  • The On-Road Voucher Incentive Program (VIP) is a streamlined approach to replace older, high-polluting medium- and heavy heavy-duty diesel vehicles with cleaner vehicles, earlier than required. Fleets that travel 75 percent or more in California and are currently in compliance with the Truck and Bus Regulation must have 10 or fewer heavy-duty diesel vehicles to qualify (see other eligibility criteria). To apply, truck owners can go to a participating dealership.

  • The Truck Improvement/Modernization Benefitting Emission Reductions (TIMBER) Program is a voucher program for replacing older, high-polluting heavy-duty log trucks sooner than required by the Truck and Bus Regulation. Fleets must report and be eligible for the Truck and Bus Log Truck Phase-In option, meet minimum usage requirements and travel 75 percent or more in California (see other eligibility requirements). Eligible fleets can use the voucher toward the purchase of a replacement log truck with a 2010 or newer model year engine when purchased through one of the participating dealerships.
In addition, some of the local air quality districts provide financial opportunities for truck owners operating within their boundaries. The Air Resources Board encourages fleets to contact their local air district.

For up-to-date information about financial opportunities and loans for truck owners hoping to modernize their fleets, please see our Financial Opportunities Resources Page. And if you have more questions about any of these programs, don’t hesitate to reach out via our help page or through Facebook or Twitter. We welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have.


    


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Need Help? See Our Help Page- June 17, 2014

While the ARB TruckStop home page, is full of useful information about California Air Resources Board regulations, you may still need extra help in figuring out your next steps.

If you have more questions about ARB regulations, the TruckStop Diesel Questions Help Page is an invaluable resource to help you find answers. Our staff is also available to provide one-on-one compliance assistance via email and our diesel hotline.

The Help Page has three main options:


  • Quick Tips: Our quick tips are an easy-to-digest resource to help answer your questions. From our all-in-one document, the Multi-Regulation Summary, to our FAQs and Diesel Filter Information Webpages, our quick tips contain the majority of the information needed to answer our most frequently asked questions.

  • Diesel Hotline Assistance Form: The Diesel Hotline Assistance Form is an online form that allows you to request additional help from ARB Staff. The form asks for basic contact and fleet information so that our staff members can handle your inquiry faster. Once you fill out this form, you will be contacted with an answer via phone or email. You may also email us directly at 8666diesel@arb.ca.gov. Email response times average one to three business days.

  • Phone Contact: Finally, for those who cannot use the Diesel Hotline Assistance Form, you may contact us directly by phone at 866-6DIESEL. Calls are answered between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, with a 24-hour voicemail system that also features pre-recorded answers to frequently asked questions.
If you have any questions or comments about our TruckStop Diesel Help Page, please contact us via the help page or through Facebook or Twitter. We welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have.


    


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Free Classes about ARB Diesel Regulations and How to Comply - June 17, 2014

If you need to know more about ARB diesel in-use regulations or want to learn how to comply, our free classes provide

Covering a variety of important topics, these classes, offered both in-person and online through webinars, are meant to give diesel vehicle and equipment owners and operators all of the information they need to get into compliance with current Air Resources Board regulations. 

Here are a few examples of courses that ARB is currently offering:


  • Course #521: How to Comply with the Truck and Bus Regulation covers rule applicability; basic compliance requirements, exemptions, extensions, and credits; good faith efforts; how to report; broker and dispatcher requirements; and recent changes to the Truck and Bus Regulation.

  • Course #504: In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation provides an overview of the Off-Road Regulation, including rule applicability, current and future compliance requirements, and an overview of how to report using the Diesel Off-Road Online Reporting System (DOORS).

  • Course #520: How To Comply with CARB Diesel Regulations reviews the inspection process, discusses the consequences of non-compliance, and provides an in- depth overview of how to comply with CARB regulations affecting most diesel vehicles and equipment operating in California. This course is geared toward truck owners, operators, brokers, dispatchers, and fleet managers, all of whom are responsible for complying with diesel vehicle/equipment regulations.

  • Course #511.2: Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) Operation & Maintenance discusses the production of diesel emissions and their health effects; diesel emission control technology; DPF construction and application; and the maintenance necessary for successful DPF operation.

We recommend checking the site frequently, as new dates, classes, and locations are regularly added. The classes have limited seating; pre-register by contacting the ARB Registrar at (916) 322-3937, or by emailing arbtrain@arb.ca.gov.

Have more questions about these free classes? See our Training Page for more information. And for any other questions about these classes or anything else ARB TruckStop related, you can also reach out to us via our help page or through Facebook or Twitter.


    


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Upcoming on April 26, 2014: Driving a Better California

    

On April 26, 2014, CBS affiliates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and Fresno will be airing Driving a Better California, a 30-minute television program which includes information about the Truck and Bus regulation, deadlines and how fleets can get help.


June 16, 2014 Update: KOVR (Sacramento) will re-air Driving a Better California on Sunday, July 6th at 9:30am

May 9, 2014 Update: The program can be viewed on the official TruckStop YouTube page, here.


We recently sat down with Joyce Mitchell, the Emmy-winning producer of the program, to talk about Driving a Better California. You can find some of her thoughts below:

 

Driving a Better California tells the story of new air quality regulations in California.

In speaking about the program, Joyce noted that “it is a social cause documentary focused on cleaning up diesel emissions and thus improving the air we breathe.” She made note of pollution in the Central Valley that is causing asthma in children, stating, “The area is a corridor that sees heavy traffic congestion and diesel pollution. That pollution is putting a strain on the lungs of these children.”

 

Driving a Better California is meant to shed light on regulations that help reduce pollution like that in the Central Valley. As one trucker told Joyce, “my kids breathe the same air.” In other words, the common goal here is to clean up the air for everyone.

    

The trucking industry is leading the way in compliance with air quality regulations.

Although there was an initial push back, Joyce noted that “the trucking industry is now leading the way in compliance with the air quality regulations.” More than 80 percent of truckers already are in compliance with the ARB Truck and Bus regulation, and those who are promoting compliance—like the California Trucking Association—are leading the way to get others on the same page.

 

The Air Resources Board has helped many truckers get into compliance with ARB grants and low-interest loans.

In Joyce’s words, although there’s been a cost involved for the trucking industry, “the Air Resources Board is more than willing to help out—with grants, pointing people in the direction of low-interest loans, and reducing fines if drivers produce certain documentation.”

 

Driving a Better California shares stories of truckers who have complied with help from ARB grants and low interest loans, and as Joyce mentions, “Many are grateful they are now able to work without looking over their shoulder, waiting for a ticket. The work allows them to continue providing for their families.”

 

Driving a Better California will air on April 26, 2014 on CBS affiliates in Los Angeles (KCBS; 6:30-7:00pm), San Francisco (KPIX; 7:30-8:00pm), Sacramento (KOVR; 6:00-6:30pm), and Fresno (KGPE; 6:30-7:00pm). Tune in on April 26 for more information about how California’s Air Resources Board is helping make the move towards cleaner air.

May 9, 2014 Update: The program can be viewed on the official Truckstop YouTube page, here.


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California Truckers Drive for Cleaner Air - April 24, 2014


Once shrouded in haze, California mountains are reappearing. Air near ports and rail yards is getting cleaner. That’s in part thanks to truckers now driving cleaner diesel rigs. Research shows the impact on air quality is noticeable. The science is supported by the naked eye. A glance outside in areas once heavily polluted speaks volumes.



 “I know folks who have lived here in Southern California for decades and they were being sent in as school children because of smog alert days,” said Matt Schrap, president of California Fleet Solutions in Los Angeles. “And that has drastically changed over the years where now the vistas are much more clear and you have less days that are exceeding federal air quality standards.”

 

Schrap recently connected truck driver Sergio Hernandez with a grant that helped him get into a newer truck. With help from the Carl Moyer Program, Hernandez updated his rig to an Air Resources Board (ARB) compliant piece of equipment. Non-compliant trucks are no longer allowed to enter ports and intermodal sites – like rail yards – in California. Becoming compliant ensures work.


“It’s my life. You know, this is the best thing of my life because I have two kids in the university,” said Hernandez. “If I don’t have this truck, I won’t be able to work the next year and generate income. But now I can pay my bills, my home loan. Everything because this program helped me to get this truck. I feel really happy about it.” 


California is leading the country in improving air quality. “We tell people all the time that you have various paths to compliance,” said Schrap. “You can retrofit. You can look at a new used vehicle or, of course, you can look at a new vehicle.”


Hernandez bought a 2009 truck. He learned more about compliance with help from his son Javier who’s in his early twenties. Being more computer savvy, Javier navigated the ARB TruckStop website for his dad. “So, he had a vague idea about the program but he didn’t know how to apply or how to go about it, so I went online and looked it up for him and there’s the truck,” said Javier Hernandez.


More than 80 percent of California trucks are in compliance with the Air Resources Board (ARB) Truck and Bus regulation geared toward cleaning up the air. “It’s our future,” said Hernandez. “All of us. We’re trying to keep the state clean and eventually our country.”

 

For more information, visit the ARB TruckStop website at www.arb.ca.gov/truckstop



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