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newsrel -- Deadline extension: Owners of big-rig tractor-trailers now have until Sept. 1

Posted: 02 Jul 2012 14:43:11
Take advantage of California rule’s flexible options. 

Release #:12-28

ARB PIO: (916) 322-2990

Karen Caesar

Deadline extension: Owners of big-rig tractor-trailers now have
until Sept. 1 to take advantage of California rule’s flexible

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board has extended the
reporting deadline to September 1, 2012, for its greenhouse gas
tractor-trailer regulation so that small fleets can take
advantage of flexibility options.

The two-month extension pertains to owners of 20 or fewer 2010
and older model year 53-foot or longer box-type trailers that
operate on California highways.  Small fleets can include both
dry and refrigerated van trailers. 

“While we have granted businesses more time to report their data,
we are still encouraging owners to register as soon as they have
gathered the necessary information,” said Stephan Lemieux,
manager of ARB’s on-road heavy-duty diesel section.  “We have
made the process as user-friendly as possible, so there is no
reason to put it off until the last minute.”

Small fleet owners of 2010 and older model year trailers may
choose one of two methods to bring their trailer fleets into
compliance.  The deadline extension applies to the second option,

Owners can:

    Ensure their fleet is equipped with United States
Environmental Protection Agency “SmartWay” verified aerodynamic
equipment on their trailers, including side skirts and trailer
tails, by January 1, 2013, or
    They may report by September 1, 2012, to take advantage of
the optional phase-in plan, which allows small fleets up to four
years to comply.

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 U.S. EPA SmartWay Equipment.

To report online at Tractor-Trailer GHG Reporting, 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 (TRU) model year and engine model
year are both required.

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.

Fleet owners seeking more information on compliance assistance
and funding opportunities can visit ARB’s TruckStop at
http://www.arb.ca.gov/truckstop, call the Diesel Hotline at
866-6-DIESEL (1-866-634-3735), or review the tractor-trailer
greenhouse gas 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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