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newsrel -- Tractor-trailer owners throughout North America urged to register early to take advantage of California rule’s flexible options

Posted: 09 May 2012 13:55:55
Take advantage of California rule’s flexible options. 

Release #:12-17

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990

Karen Caesar


Tractor-trailer owners throughout North America urged to register
early to take advantage of California rule’s flexible options

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is
encouraging small fleet owners of 2010 and older model year
53-foot or longer box-type trailers that operate on California
highways to report vehicle information now to gain additional
time to comply with the Tractor-Trailer Greenhouse Gas
regulation.  Small fleets consist of 20 or fewer box-type
trailers and can include both dry- and refrigerated-van trailers.

“We have worked hard to streamline the reporting process and make
it as convenient as possible for business owners,” said Stephan
Lemieux, manager of ARB’s on-road heavy duty diesel section.  “By
providing the necessary information well in advance of the July
1, 2012 deadline, small fleet owners will avoid the usual
last-minute registration rush.  They will know with certainty
that they have flexibility in complying with the rule and can
take more time to meet its requirements if they need to.”

Currently, all 2011 and newer trailers must comply when used in
California, with certain exceptions.  (For more information on
the rule and possible exemptions, visit here:

Small fleet owners of 2010 and older model year trailers may
choose one of two methods to bring their trailer fleets into
compliance.   They can:

  *  Ensure their fleet is equipped with U.S. EPA “SmartWay”
verified aerodynamic equipment on their trailers, including side
skirts and trailer tails, by January 1, 2013, or
  *  They may report by July 1, 2012 to take advantage of the
optional phase-in plan, which allows small fleets four years to

Regardless of which method owners choose, they must also install
fuel efficient, low-rolling resistance tires on their trailer
fleets by January 1, 2017.  (For a list of accepted SmartWay
verified equipment and to learn more about the SmartWay program,
fleet owners can visit here:
http://www.epa.gov/smartway/technology/ .)

Aerodynamic technologies such as those included in the SmartWay
program are designed to help reduce fuel consumption, saving
owners money and helping to reduce our nation’s dependence on
foreign oil.  The program will deliver anticipated savings of
about three billion gallons of diesel fuel by 2020 from
nationwide operations.  As a result, fleet owners can expect to
see a quick return on their investment in trailer aerodynamic
equipment and fuel efficient tires within one year at current
diesel fuel prices, if they travel 100,000 highway miles per

The rule is also expected to help combat climate change by
reducing carbon dioxide emissions nationwide by 33 million metric
tons by 2020.

To report online at Tractor-Trailer Regulation Registration ,
owners will need to have some key information handy, including
the trailer vehicle identification numbers, makes and model
years, and license plate numbers.  For refrigerated van trailers,
the transport refrigeration unit, or TRU, model year and engine
model year are both required.

Fleet owners seeking more information on compliance assistance
and funding opportunities can visit ARB’s Truck Stop at
http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/truckstop/truckstop.htm, call the
diesel hotline at 866 6 DIESEL (1-866-634-3735), or review the
tractor-trailer GHG regulation website located at: 

Tractor Trailer Greenhouse Gas Reduction Measure Fact Sheet:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – SmartWay Equipment:
To Report Your Tractor-Trailer Information Online:

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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