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arbcombo -- Avoid Penalties – 2013 Enforcement Reminder

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 16:52:58
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has issued an
enforcement reminder letter for vehicles subject to the Truck and
Bus Regulation that have year-end clean-up requirements.   The
letter reminds fleets that heavier vehicles with 2000 to 2004
model year engines that they must have verified soot filters
and/or upgrades to newer vehicles by January 1, 2013. Similar
requirements for vehicles with 1996 to 1999 model year engines
became effective earlier this year. Vehicles may also be eligible
for certain flexibility options.

The letter can be found at:

ARB intends to promptly enforce the January 1, 2013 requirements.
 Non-compliant vehicles may not be operated in California and
will be assessed penalties that start at a minimum of $1,000 per
violation per month and increase significantly over time. Do not
delay in taking action to clean up your fleet - the installation
of a PM filter may take a month or longer to accomplish; however,
you may be able to significantly reduce penalties by taking
action now.

For additional information about in-use diesel engine
requirements, please visit the Truck Stop at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/truckstop, call 866-6DIESEL (866-634-3735)
or email us at: 8666diesel@arb.ca.gov

The Air Resources Board has adopted a number of regulations that
require diesel engine owners to reduce toxic air pollution
emissions.  These regulations are part of the State’s plan to
meet federal ambient air quality standards and to protect public
health.  Between 2012 and 2023, nearly all trucks and buses that
operate in California with a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight
rating greater than 14,000 pounds will need to upgrade to reduce
exhaust emissions.  To comply with these requirements, fleet
owners may retrofit existing engines by installing ARB verified
diesel PM filters or by upgrading to newer cleaner engines.

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