CARB drops sticker rule for port trucks following OOIDA objection

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 5/30/2008

The California Air Resources Board recently deleted several requirements from its proposed port drayage truck rule, including unpopular conditions that each truck entering a California port have a CARB-approved emission sticker and submit maintenance logs to the environmental agency.

CARB announced the changes Wednesday, May 28. The agency’s board approved the port rule in December, but CARB’s multi-tiered regulatory approval process includes several opportunities for changes before a final version is adopted.

The revised port rule no longer requires truck operators to have an emission “compliance label” affixed to their truck, but requires all trucks to have 1994 or newer engines that meet or exceed 2007 model year engine emission standards by Dec. 31, 2009. Trucks must meet 2007 engine emission standards by Jan. 1, 2014.

Also, CARB deleted its requirement that truck owners maintain a maintenance log for verified diesel emission control strategy retrofits.

The changes even included some minor tweaking favoring politeness. Several instances where the proposed regulation formerly said truck operators must provide information “upon demand” were changed to “upon request.”

OOIDA objected to requirements for emission stickers and maintenance logs in both written comments and during public meetings with CARB. The Association also has been critical of CARB’s designation of all trucks entering a port as “drayage” trucks.

Wednesday’s announcement was welcome news for OOIDA and its members.

OOIDA Regulatory Affairs Specialist Joe Rajkovacz, who has worked with CARB and officials at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on several issues, said the agency’s decision makes sense.

“Obviously, we strenuously objected to the credential requirement, which violated Sec. 4306 of the last highway bill, SAFETEA-LU and we were aware CARB was seeking a legal opinion from DOT on the legality of their requirement,” Rajkovacz said.

“It’s important that CARB get this right, because their regulations can be adopted by reference by other states. The Association fought a long, hard battle over unwarranted credentialing requirements over the decades, and didn’t want to see steps taken backward.”

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer

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