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newsrel -- Deadline looms for California trucks and buses

Posted: 04 Dec 2012 09:33:51
Next phase of regulations will kick in starting 2013, learn now
how to comply. 

ARB PIO: 916-322-2990
Contact: Karen Caesar

SACRAMENTO – The Air Resources Board is reminding truck and bus
owners to check now to see if their vehicle fleets are among
those that will have new rules to follow as of Jan. 1, 2013.

As the new year begins, heavy duty trucks and buses (more than
26,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight rating) with 2000 – 2004 model
year engines will likely need diesel soot filters as required by
the state’s Truck and Bus Regulation.  The rule is part of
California’s Diesel Risk Reduction Plan, which includes a suite
of regulations designed to reduce harmful diesel emissions from a
wide variety of sources.  In 2011, similar requirements took
effect for 1996 – 1999 model year engines.

There are exceptions (low-mileage or emergency vehicles, etc.),
however, the majority of registered trucks and buses in this
vehicle category will need to take steps to comply with the

“Our efforts to reach out to the trucking industry have yielded
positive results,” said ARB’s Enforcement Division Chief James
Ryden.  “We have enforcement and compliance assistance teams all
over the state who regularly inspect vehicles and educate owners,
and recently, we’ve been pleased to note a compliance rate of
more than 80 percent.”  Ryden specifically cited “Gear Up for
Clean Truck Month” in August 2012, where teams of ARB and
California Highway Patrol officers stepped up enforcement efforts
and inspected more than 4,000 trucks at 40 different locations,
including CHP weigh stations, random roadside areas, distribution
centers, fleet facilities, truck stops and other sites where
trucks and buses are present.

Business owners should note that non-compliant vehicles
(including out-of-state vehicles) may not be legally operated in
California.  Penalties start at a minimum of $1,000 per violation
per month and will increase significantly over time.  In
addition, non-compliance can result in a Department of Motor
Vehicle registration block on your truck or bus, and/or having
your vehicle impounded by CHP until it is in compliance.  For
more information on possible penalties, see the “Enforcement”
link at Truck Stop/Enforcement at 

Other new diesel-related rules besides the Truck and Bus
Regulation will be enforced starting Jan. 1, 2013.  Vehicle
owners may want to take note of this information in order to
place equipment orders and prepare for compliance.  Deadlines
coming up quickly for diesel vehicles include:

December 31, 2012:  

• Transport Refrigeration Units with 2005 model year engines must
be replaced with Ultra-Low-Emission TRUs.

January 1, 2013:

• Under the Truck and Bus regulation, diesel truck and bus fleets
must either install diesel soot filters (or upgrade equipment) on
trucks with 2002 – 2004 model year engines or meet phase-in
option requirements. 

• For vehicles covered under the Drayage Truck Regulation, 2005 –
2006 engine model year trucks greater than 33,000 lbs. gross
vehicle weight rating must have diesel soot filters.

• Tractor-Trailer Greenhouse Gas regulation:

- Owners of fleets with 20 or fewer affected trailers must
register if they want to use a compliance option that will allow
them up to four additional years to participate in the Small
Fleet Compliance Plan.

- Low-rolling resistance tires are required for 2010 model year
and older tractors that pull 53 foot-long box-type trailers. 

- SmartWay aerodynamic requirements must be met by all 53-foot or
longer box-type trailers not using a phase-in option. 

To make sure you and your fleet are ready for 2013, call
1-866-6-DIESEL (1-866-634-3735), or visit
http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/truckstop/truckstop.htm for more

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