Beginning January 1, 2020, the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Truck and Bus Regulation will be enforced through a new automatic process. Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1), was signed into law on April 28, 2017. This bill states that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) must check that vehicles are compliant with, or exempt from, CARB’s Truck and Bus Regulation. The new DMV compliance verification process will better enforce the regulation and level the playing field for businesses throughout California.
If a vehicle is not compliant with the rule, DMV can no longer register that vehicle.
DMV Compliance Verification FAQ
Compliance Scenario Document
The Regulation applies to nearly all diesel-fueled trucks, buses, and school buses with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 14,000 pounds. If your vehicle is exempt from another heavy-duty diesel regulation (ex: solid waste collection vehicles, drayage trucks and cargo-handling equipment), it is likely subject to the Truck and Bus Regulation.
The rule is based off the year of your current engine(s). Your older vehicle will need to be replaced or repowered with a 2010 or newer engine following the schedule below, unless it is exempt from the Regulation. Engine model years are typically one year behind your vehicle model year. There are also filter requirements for larger vehicles.
You will need to retire or repower your 2009 or older engine based on the compliance schedule below. There are two schedules, one for lighter trucks and buses and one for heavier trucks and buses. Look on your vehicle to determine the GVWR. See the compliance schedule below for details.
Truck and bus owners need to take action today to understand the compliance phase-in schedule and the limited remaining options available in order to stay in compliance before their DMV registration is denied. They should also know that even if they are in compliance today, they may need to take action down the road to remain in compliance.
If you know you are already out of compliance now, you will not be able to wait until 2020 to take action. CARB is ramping up enforcement today and has issued over 7,000 DMV registration holds this year alone.
There are several funding opportunities offered by CARB, including incentives for zero-emission trucks and buses or loan assistance for purchasing newer vehicles or engines. The loan program helps small fleets, owner operators, and other businesses get the financing they need to upgrade to cleaner, lower-emission vehicles.
Learn more at the Funding page.
January 1st, 2019