CARB seeks comments on proposed changes to emissions inspections

| 5/12/2006

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is urging truckers who live or operate in California to speak their minds about proposed changes to the state’s emissions inspection program.

On Thursday, May 11, the California Air Resources Board made available two proposed amendments to its Heavy Duty Vehicle Smoke Inspector Program, and announced a May 26 deadline for comments from the public. The program, formerly known as AB1009 in the state’s Assembly, was signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger September 29, 2004, and went into effect Jan. 1, 2006.

Under the program, a truck’s owner is required to maintain and, if asked by enforcement officials, provide evidence that its engine met the federal emission standards applicable to commercial heavy-duty engines for that engine’s model year at the time it was manufactured.

If enacted, the first amendment would waive a $300 penalty for a missing emission control label (ECL) if the driver can provide other documented proof of emission standards compliance, and replace the sticker within 45 days.

The second amendment would increase the penalty for operating a non-compliant engine from $300 to $500.

Once the 15-day comment period expires, CARB will consider all comments and take them to its Board of Directors, if necessary, before adopting them into the program.

Comments can be faxed to (916) 322-3928, or mailed to:

Clerk of the Board, Air Resources Board
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814.

Electronic comment submissions can be made at

All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on May 26.