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smartway -- Public Workshops for Proposed AB 32 Heavy-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Measure (SmartWay(SM)) Posted: 14 May 2008 17:25:58
The California Air Resources Board invites you to participate in a series of workshops scheduled for the months of May and June to discuss the proposed regulation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from long-haul tractors and trailers. The proposed regulatory requirements specifically apply to tractors over 33,000 pounds gross vehicle weight that pull 53-foot box-type trailers and 53-foot box-type trailers used in long-haul transportation. This measure, which is based on the voluntary SmartWay(SM) Program developed by The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), aims to improve transportation efficiency by requiring technologies that reduce aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance. During the scheduled workshops, staff will discuss draft regulatory language, provide cost/benefit estimates, answer questions, and receive industry comments. Staff will also discuss how different stakeholders in the logistics industry will be affected by this regulation. Under the current proposal, drivers, motor carriers, independent owner/operators, brokers, and California businesses that ship and/or receive freight in 53-foot box-type trailers will share the responsibility of ensuring that affected tractors and trailers comply with this measure’s requirements. The workshops that are currently scheduled will focus primarily on requirements applicable to tractor owners and operators. Future workshops will be scheduled to address the concerns of other stakeholders such as trailer owners, brokers, and California businesses that ship and/or receive freight in 53-foot box-type trailers, and others within the logistics industry. To find out more information about this proposed measure, please visit http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/smartway/smartway.htm. To view details about scheduled workshops, please visit http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/smartway/meetings.htm To find out more about U.S. EPA’s SmartWay(SM) Program, please visit http://www.epa.gov/smartway.