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Karen Caesar

ARB "Gear Up for Clean Truck Month" a success

4,000 trucks inspected at 40 locations statewide help clean the air and send a clear message to truckers

SACRAMENTO - The Air Resources Board announced today that its month-long multi-agency campaign to ensure that trucks traveling on California’s roadways are obeying state air pollution laws was a huge success.

With assistance from the California Highway Patrol, Caltrans and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, ARB staff inspected 4,053 trucks at roughly 40 locations throughout the state during August, noting an overall compliance rate of more than 80 percent.  Trucks were inspected for compliance with many air pollution laws including those requiring owners of certain model year vehicles to install diesel soot filters to reduce harmful diesel emissions.

In particular, for 1996-1999 model year trucks – the first model years required to currently be in compliance under the comprehensive Truck and Bus regulation passed in 2008 – the compliance rate was 90 percent.  This includes those truck owners who met the regulatory requirements by either registering their vehicles with ARB to take advantage of flexibility in the regulation, or who had already installed diesel soot filters.

“We’re pleased to see such a high level of compliance,” said ARB Executive Officer James Goldstene.  “While ARB will continue to dedicate significant resources to assist fleets in complying with California’s clean truck requirements, owners and operators should understand that our enforcement efforts will continue throughout the year, and that our goal is to make every month a ‘clean truck month.’ The word is out that ARB is fairly enforcing these critically important regulations and working to ensure a level playing field for everyone in the trucking industry.”

Overall, a total of 817 citations were given during the four-week effort.  Of that total, 212 were for violations of the Transport Refrigeration Unit rule, 191 for non-compliance with the Bus and Truck rule, 187 for idling infractions, and 174 for Emissions Certification Labels violations.

To help educate drivers and reinforce the importance of obeying air pollution laws and proper vehicle maintenance, ARB staff distributed more than 4,600 information packets in English and Spanish.  

The month-long effort received extensive media coverage, with a focus on the enforcement efforts in Fresno, Otay Mesa (at the Mexican border) and the Port of Oakland.  ARB experts were interviewed on mainstream radio and television newscasts, on a variety of satellite radio programs geared toward truckers, in local newspapers and in trade press publications popular in the trucking industry.  In all, news media and online sources produced 37 stories about the effort.

Environmental groups, community organizations and industry all expressed support for “Gear Up for Clean Truck Month,” lauding its goals to enforce a wide range of mobile source regulations all focused on cleaning up diesel emissions, improving air quality and protecting public health in the most feasible cost-efficient manner.

Vehicle owners may want to take note of impending deadlines in order to place equipment orders and prepare for compliance with a variety of regulations.  Deadlines coming up quickly for diesel vehicles include:

December 31, 2012:  
January 1, 2013:

For specific information on ARB’s rules and deadlines, visit the ARB Truck Stop or call the Diesel Hotline at 1 866 6DIESEL (1 866-634-3735).

ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.