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onrdiesel -- Upcoming Reporting Deadline

Posted: 28 Jan 2014 08:30:22
The deadline to report certain Truck and Bus regulatory
compliance options is January 31, 2014. This includes good faith
efforts that truck owners and operators have taken prior to
January 1, 2014.  Truck owners and operators also have until
January 31, 2014, to take advantage of the following extended
opt-in periods outlined in the November 2013 Regulatory

 Existing low-mileage agriculture vehicles
 Existing Low-mileage construction trucks
 Existing PM phase-in requirements
 Low-use exemption
 NOx exempt areas

Truck owners and operators that need to demonstrate to motor
carriers, brokers and dispatchers that they are in compliance
with the regulation should note that the quickest way to obtain a
verification certificate is to report on-line.  Reports received
through the mail can take several weeks to process before a
certificate can be issued.

Motor carriers, brokers and dispatchers
If a fleet owner does report to ARB, they have until January 31
of each compliance year to do so.  Therefore, it is not necessary
for motor carriers, brokers, and dispatchers to obtain a
certificate to verify compliance from January 1 to January 31 of
each compliance year.  However, the responsible hiring party
should obtain a written statement from the vehicle owner that
verifies that their fleet is in compliance with the Truck and Bus
regulation during the month of January in lieu of a certificate. 
This statement may also be used to confirm compliance for fleets
that do not report and are using the engine model year schedule. 

The responsible hiring party must perform due diligence by
confirming that compliance statements are factual in the
contract.  If you become aware that one or more vehicles in a
fleet do not comply, then you cannot continue to use the services
of the fleet.  

Other information on how to report compliance with the Truck and
Bus regulation is at
http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onrdiesel/reportinginfo.htm  If you
have questions, please call our toll free diesel regulation
information line at 1-866-6DIESEL (1-866-634-3735) or e-mail

The regulation requires diesel truck and bus owners to take steps
to reduce their engine emissions.  The regulation is a part of
the State's plan to meet federal ambient air quality standards
and to protect public health, particularly near roadways and
distribution centers where exposure frequently reaches unhealthy
levels.  Nearly all trucks and buses with a manufacturer's gross
vehicle weight rating greater than 14,000 pounds that operate in
California are required to be upgraded from 2012 to 2023 to
reduce exhaust emissions.  

Most heavier trucks and buses (with a gross vehicle weight rating
greater than 26,000 pounds) are required to have a particulate
matter filter by January 1, 2014.  There are certain exceptions
to these requirements for owners that have reported to use
flexibility options allowed under the regulation.  These include,
but are not limited to, certain agricultural and limited-use
construction trucks, low-use vehicles, and vehicles operated in
certain rural areas.

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