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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 Advisory: • 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Background 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.