CARB requests truckers’ input on proposed retrofit reg for all trucks

| 11/21/2007

If one proposed California regulation is approved on schedule next year, any heavy truck entering the Golden State would have to meet 2007 engine emissions standards between the years 2010 and 2013.

The California Air Resources Board is asking truck drivers to fill out an online survey to “better understand the age and use of diesel vehicles used in different operations such as long-haul, local delivery and other types of operations.” The survey is available by clicking here.

CARB is scheduled to consider approving its in-use, on-road diesel truck emissions reduction rule no later than mid-2008. The rule has two phases.

In the first phase all trucks with 1997 and older engines would be required to be 2007 emissions compliant by Dec. 31, 2010. Trucks with engine model years 1998 through 2002 would be compliant by 2011, 2003 and 2004 engine model years by 2012 and 2005 and newer would be required to be compliant by 2013.

In the second phase, trucks would be required to meet or exceed emissions standards of 2010 model year truck engines. By Dec. 31, 2017, all 2003 model year engines and older must meet the standard, by 2018 all 2004 through 2006 model year engines, 2007 engines would have to meet the standard by 2019, 2008 engines by 2020 and 2009 engines by 2021.

The latest draft of the proposed rule also includes an option for owners to use fleet averaging.

OOIDA has worked with federal and state agencies to educate them about the trucking industry’s vast majority of smaller, mostly independently operated trucking firms.

According to the OOIDA Foundation, 85 percent of the motor carriers in the country have 20 trucks or less.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer