This week’s CARB meeting to hit on trucking-related topics

| 11/16/2009

The California Air Resources board is preparing to hold a two-day meeting later this week, and it appears the board’s planned discussion of trucking measures will attract some interest from an alliance within the trucking industry.

CARB’s board is scheduled to meet Thursday and Friday, Nov. 19-20, in Sacramento, CA, and will include presentations on new air quality legislation from the state assembly and on diesel emissions.

Staffers also will give an update on the implementation of California Assembly Bill 32, the 2006 global warming legislation that gave CARB much of its authority to enact recent aggressive diesel emissions rules on trucking, shipping and other businesses.

The West State Alliance – a group of motor carriers, including many from Oakland – said in an article on its Web site that it plans to attend this week’s meeting. The alliance blasted CARB for postponing a workshop scheduled for Oct. 28, which would have included discussions on the economic impacts of the air quality agency’s emissions enforcement.

Bill Abudi, a board member with West State Alliance, recently told Land Line Now’s Reed Black that CARB hasn’t backed up its strict regulatory actions with grant programs to help small trucking businesses.

“Most people don’t realize that truckers are the first affected by diesel pollution, and we’re the first that want to reduce diesel pollution,” Abudi told Land Line Now. “But we also want to stay in business. It’s a balancing act.”

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer