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newsrel -- California Truckin' News: Trailer Reporting Deadline for Large Fleets, July 1, 2011 Posted: 17 Jun 2011 15:45:42
Large trucking fleets must report to take advantage of phase-in option . California Air Resources Board California Truckin’ News Date: June 17, 2011 Contact: Mary Fricke (916)322-3220 firstname.lastname@example.org Karen Caesar (626)575-6728 email@example.com Trailer Reporting Deadline for Large Fleets, July 1, 2011 Large fleets must report to take advantage of phase-in option Large fleets are strongly advised to visit the California Air Resources Board website before July 1, 2011 to register their trailers and take advantage of the flexible phase-in option to comply with California’s Tractor-Trailer Greenhouse Gas regulation. If you own a 53-foot or longer box-type (dry van or refrigerated van) trailer and/or a heavy-duty tractor that pulls them, and you operate them at least some of the time in California, this regulation applies to you. The purpose of the regulation is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with the use of aerodynamic equipment and fuel efficient tires that also help truck owners save money through improved fuel economy. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about the regulation and what owners need to do by the July 1, 2011 deadline to take advantage of the flexible “phase-in” compliance option. Who must act by the July 1, 2011 deadline to take advantage of the flexible compliance option? Large fleets with 21 or more 53-foot or longer box-type trailers that operate in California, regardless of where they are registered, need to act by July 1 if they want the flexible compliance option. How do I report and where? Fleet owners can register their trailers, and in some cases their tractors, online at https://secure.arb.ca.gov/ssltrucrs/trucrs_reporting/reporting.php. Owners need to create an account and enter their plan. What does ARB mean by a “plan?” The “plan” tells ARB how a company plans to get individual trailers to comply over a period of time. How do I fill out this plan? Instructions on how to prepare and submit your plan can be found in the Large Fleet Compliance fact sheet or http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/hdghg/fact_sheets/hdghg_large_fleets.pdf What if an owner does not have internet access to submit their plan? The owner can submit their plan via mail to: Air Resources Board Attn: ORHDD Section 9480 Telstar Avenue, Suite 4 El Monte, California 91731 Are there different options that large fleets can choose to comply? Large fleets have two options to comply with the Tractor-Trailer Greenhouse Gas regulation: • Either be in full compliance by January 1, 2013, or; • Take advantage of a longer phase-in option. What do I have to do to take advantage of the longer phase-in option? Large fleets must submit a compliance plan to the California Air Resources Board that includes a list of trailers in the fleet and the scheduled percentage of trailers to be brought into compliance each year. The phase-in option allows fleets up to five years from 2011 through 2015 to phase-in compliance for their California-bound trailers. What if I miss the registration deadline on July 1, 2011? This is the last opportunity for large fleets to participate in the phase-in option. Fleets who don’t meet this deadline must have their trailer fleets in full compliance by January 1, 2013. Small fleets (with 20 or fewer trailers) will have until July 1, 2012 to register for a flexible compliance option. What if I only go into California once over the next several years? We offer a three-day temporary pass to allow a non-compliant tractor to pull a trailer in California. Only one pass is allowed per fleet per year. They will be available through 2015. Details on how to apply for this pass are forthcoming so stay tuned. Why does California have a tractor-trailer regulation? In 2006, California’s Governor signed AB 32, a bill designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to help combat the effects of climate change. ARB’s tractor-trailer regulation helps accomplish this by requiring use of aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires which reduce drag and improve fuel economy. How can tractor-trailer owners find out more? Fact sheets, compliance tools, and regulatory documents are available at www.arb.ca.gov/cc/hdghg/hdghg.htm, by calling ARB’s diesel hotline at (866) 6DIESEL (634-3735) or by email at 8666DIESEL@arb.ca.gov. For a link to California Truckin' News web page go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/truckstop/faq/faq_ts.htm