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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
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California Air Resources Board

California Truckin’ News
Date:  June 17, 2011

Contact: Mary Fricke
(916)322-3220
mfricke@arb.ca.gov

Karen Caesar
(626)575-6728
kcaesar@arb.ca.gov

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


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