August brings CARB truck enforcement heat

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | 8/2/2012

Don’t be surprised if you see California Air Resources Board enforcement staff along California entry points, ports and truck stops this month.

August is “Gear Up for Clean Truck Month” at CARB, which has organized an enforcement blitz aimed at making truck and trailer owners aware of the state’s emissions regulations.

CARB staff says they want to increase awareness, which may come in the form of a warning or a citation.

“We just want people to know what they need to do,” said Bruce Tuter, manager of compliance and outreach for CARB’s mobile sources division.

“There is a heightened enforcement presence this month. That’s part of what we have to do. I’ve said this before: Most people would rather not even give out a ticket, and we’d like people to be 100 percent compliant so no one got a ticket. But a big part of compliance also is making sure people know what to do. That’s my job. It really is a two-pronged effort.”

CARB said inspectors will be deployed throughout the state, but will particularly focus on trade hubs, weigh stations, ports, rail yards and “major points of entry into California.”

Because California Highway Patrol will be present, CARB says safety inspections may also occur.

CARB enforcement staff will be looking at compliance issues for all diesel regulations. They’ll also be reminding small fleets of one to 20 trucks and trailers of the impending Sept. 1 deadline to register with CARB’s SmartWay (greenhouse gas) Rule.

The registration deadline originally was scheduled to be enforced July 1. Tuter said the deadline was pushed because many trucking companies were unaware of the deadline.

To help spread news regarding the SmartWay deadline, Tuter said CARB took the unusual step of finding a list of owner-operators and other small businesses that own trailers throughout the United States.

CARB sent mailers to about 33,000 owner-operators nationwide, Tuter said.

For more information, or to check your compliance, call CARB’s trucking hotline at 866-6-DIESEL, or visit the CARB Truckstop website. Questions can also be emailed to

“These rules are in place because California has the worst air quality in the nation,” Tuter said. “The only way we can do anything to help is to get the information out.”

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