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Changes Made to the Proposition 1B Financial Assistance Program - April 4, 2017

If you previously looked into the Proposition 1B (Prop 1B) program for financial help, but found that it couldn’t meet your needs, you might want to revisit the program with a serious eye toward future business considerations. If you have never checked out the program, please make it a priority.

The whole premise, purpose and process of Prop 1B is about early or extra emission reductions above and beyond minimum legal requirements, and the key to getting there is to put you behind the wheel of the rig of the future. While Prop 1B has been around for awhile, it deserves a second look mostly because of the opportunities it provides to access the latest and greatest technology. The future is here now and it’s banging on the side of that sleeper cab! There is a lot that is new and working well and is worth a wake-up and a step outside!

With changes to the Prop 1B program you can now replace your class 5 truck with a new zero or near-zero emission truck or an alternative fuel truck. In addition, you can even replace your big rig with a smaller one, such as a class 7 truck with a class 6 truck or a class 6 truck with a class 5 truck. For more details, take a look at the Executive Order.

To find out about the most current solicitations, please visit the Prop 1B webpage. Or you can contact your local Air Pollution Control or Air Quality Management District and tell them you want to know all about how the last round of Prop 1B changes could set you up for hauling into a zero emission, near-zero emission and/or an alternatively fueled future!

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Changes to Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection Program and Periodic Smoke Inspection Program - February 24, 2017

The existing 40% visible emission opacity limit imposed on the exhaust pipes of heavy-duty diesel trucks is no longer relevant to today’s best available in-use soot control and engine technology because a properly maintained truck engine, with a properly maintained filter, should never emit anything close to 40% opacity. If a truck is putting out that much smoke, it indicates serious engine or filter problems.

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the South Coast Air Quality Management District in Diamond Bar, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will be conducting a public workshop to talk about potential changes to the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection Program (HDVIP) and the Periodic Smoke Inspection “Fleet” Program (PSIP). In particular, CARB staff will be seeking input regarding proposed measures to update these programs along with development of a Comprehensive Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicle Inspection Program.

Proposed HDVIP and PSIP regulation changes include reducing the current 40 percent exhaust stack opacity limit, certification requirements for fleet opacity testers, and establishing smoke test record reporting requirements. All of the issues that will be addressed at the workshop are part of a greater package of changes that is badly needed to make compliance requirements consistent with today’s in-use technology and ensure uniformity and relevance in maintenance practices. The workshop will be webcast.

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Heavy-Duty Truck Preventative Maintenance Handbook Now Available -
January 20, 2017

The California Council on Diesel Education and Technology (CCDET), a non-profit cooperative group of California Community Colleges, the diesel industry and government agencies, supporting training and educational programs for diesel mechanics, has recently published: Preventative Maintenance for Heavy Duty Trucks. The free handbook, available in both hardcopy and online, was developed to help truck owners save fuel costs, reduce downtime and maximize truck performance, engine life and overall operational efficiency.

Preventative maintenance tasks have varying levels of difficulty. The easier tasks can be performed by the driver or owner/operator, while the more difficult tasks must be performed by a technician and/or the dealer who has had specialized training and has the proper equipment. If your engine is equipped with a retrofitted diesel particulate matter filtration unit, always follow the maintenance recommendations provided by the manufacturer. Over the long haul, a pound of preventive maintenance can save a ton of costly repairs down the road.

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