Image source does not exist News Release: 2013-11-14 ARB announces planned changes to California’s Truck and Bus Regulation

Release #:13-72
Date:11/14/2013

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990
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Karen Caesar
(916) 322-2990
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ARB announces planned changes to California’s Truck and Bus Regulation


Board to consider “good faith efforts” by truckers, offer more time to meet deadlines


SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board yesterday announced that it will provide relief to truckers working to meet state deadlines for upgrades to their aging diesel fleets. The relief is detailed in a regulatory advisory which recognizes ‘good faith’ efforts of fleets to meet upcoming compliance deadlines. The advisory also provides ‘early access’ to planned regulatory changes to be considered by the Board in April 2014.

The move comes as larger fleets are required under the Statewide Truck and Bus Regulation to complete the upgrade for most of their trucks with diesel particulate filters by Jan. 1, 2014, and as smaller fleets are just beginning to undertake similar actions.

“The Air Resources Board is implementing new, flexible compliance options for truck owners who show they have made good faith efforts to comply with the regulation before Jan. 1, 2014, and is providing additional time for many fleets to complete their clean-up efforts,” said ARB Executive Officer Richard Corey. “These changes will help businesses meet the clean-up requirements in a way that will not compromise the health benefits or emissions reductions that this vitally important regulation will achieve over its lifetime.”

Funds for fleet upgrades are available to qualified applicants, including $30 million in Prop 1B grants targeted for use by small fleet owners with three or fewer trucks. In addition, state-sponsored loans through the Truck Loan Assistance Program, which recently received $20 million to help small businesses comply with the regulation, are also available. Owners of logging trucks may also be eligible for $3 million in grant monies. (For more on funding opportunities, visit: ARB TruckStop/Funding).

Next month, Air Resources Board staff will conduct workshops throughout the state to hear comments from local elected officials, industry representatives and stakeholders on staff’s planned regulatory changes. For a list of locations, click here.

Proposed amendments to the regulation, which are still under development, are expected to provide additional time for owners in specified regions to complete their clean-up efforts. Also, owners of lower-use vehicles throughout the state are expected to gain flexibility options as well.

For more information on the specified regions, what constitutes a “good faith effort” to comply with the Truck and Bus Regulation, or which fleets are being afforded with additional time to comply, truck owners are urged to view today’s advisory here: Truck and Bus Regulation Advisory.

Anyone with questions on regulatory requirements can visit ARB’s TruckStop website, call 866-6DIESEL, or email 8666Diesel@arb.ca.gov. We do ask for extra patience as call volumes are extremely high as the Jan. 1 deadline draws nearer.

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