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newsrel -- Truck owners need to act now to reduce diesel emissions

Posted: 21 Oct 2011 11:53:44
January 1 deadline for diesel filters is fast approaching 


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Karen Caesar

Truck owners need to act now to reduce diesel emissions 
January 1 deadline for diesel filters is fast approaching 

The Air Resources Board today is reminding owners of heavier
diesel trucks that they need to act now in order to comply with
California's Truck and Bus regulation, which has its first diesel
filter deadlines in January 2012.

“Fleet owners need to plan now to equip their trucks with diesel
particulate matter filters in order to be ready in January,” said
Assistant Chief of Mobile Sources Erik White, noting that the
process of ordering and installing equipment can take a few

“We continue to make tools available to help truckers better
understand the regulation, as well as figure out which options
make the most sense for their businesses,” White added. “There
are also several options available for funding.”

The regulation provides owners of heavier trucks and buses (those
with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating greater than 26,000 lbs.) with
two options to reduce diesel emissions. They can:

• Follow a staggered implementation schedule that requires
1996-1999 model engines be retrofit with a diesel particulate
matter (PM) filter by January 1, 2012, or
• Use a flexible phase-in option that requires any 30 percent of
vehicles in the fleet to have a PM filter.  (Note: this option
requires fleet owners to report information about all their
heavier vehicles to ARB by January 31, 2012.  Fleets that report
can also take advantage of credits and special provisions.) 

Owners of small fleets (defined as one to three trucks with a
GVWR greater than 14,000 lbs.) can postpone the January 2012
compliance requirement for their heavier trucks until 2014, but
must report their fleet information to ARB by January 31, 2012 in
order to receive the extension. 

Lighter diesel trucks with a GVWR of 14,001 to 26,000 pounds have
no compliance requirements until 2015.

Business owners may find funding opportunities to upgrade their
fleets through either the Carl Moyer Program, which offers
incentive grants for buying cleaner-than-required engines
yielding early or extra emission reductions, or by using
Proposition 1B funds, which are available under the Goods
Movement Emissions Reduction Program.  

Truck owners seeking more information on compliance assistance
and funding opportunities can visit ARB’s Truck Stop, call the
Diesel Hotline at 866 6 DIESEL (866- 634-3735), or review the
Truck and Bus Regulation Fact Sheet.  

Approved in 2008 and later amended in 2010 to provide more
flexibility for businesses, the Truck and Bus Regulation will
significantly reduce emissions from the nearly one million heavy
duty diesel trucks that operate in California. The regulation is
one of several emission control measures that aggressively target
diesel pollution, which is associated with a host of health
ailments including cancer. Diesel particulate filters remove 85
percent of the fine particle pollution found in diesel exhaust.


ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare,
and ecological resources through effective reduction of air
pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the
economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in
California to attain and maintain health based air quality

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