Webcast: CARB ‘SmartWay’ rule to be explained Sept. 14

| 9/3/2009

The California Air Resources Board has approved some complicated regulations for trucking carriers to decipher.

In order to explain its rules, CARB occasionally airs discussions of the rules and broadcasts them on the agency’s Web site.

Truck owners have their next opportunity to hear a CARB explanation on Sept. 14, when it will Webcast an informational session on the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Regulation.

CARB’s heavy-duty greenhouse gas rule, formerly known as the SmartWay rule, requires a combination of low-rolling resistance tires and aerodynamic equipment to be attached to trucks and trailers during the next few years.

All heavy-duty diesel trucks that pull 53-foot trailers are required to be equipped with SmartWay-verified low-rolling-resistance tires by Jan. 1, 2012.

2011 model year and newer tractors with sleeper cabs that pull 53-foot trailers must be SmartWay certified. 2011 model year and newer tractors with daycabs must have low-rolling-resistance tires by Jan. 1, 2010.

Fifty-three foot trailers that are 2011 MY and newer must be either SmartWay-certified or retrofitted with some combination of SmartWay-verified technologies that can include trailer rear fairings, trailer side skirts, trailer front gap fairings or other technologies.

The regulation does not apply to:

  • Drayage tractors and trailers that operate within a 100-mile radius of a port or intermodal rail yard;
  • Livestock trailers;
  • Refuse trailers;
  • Curtain side vans; and
  • Container chassis.

The regulation also provides an exemption for tractor-trailers that travel 50,000 miles or less per year (short haul), and for trailers that are dedicated to local delivery (local haul).

The session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Pacific time, Monday, Sept. 14 at the Byron Sher Auditorium, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA. It also will be Webcast at www.calepa.ca.gov./broadcast.

For more information about SmartWay technologies, contact the SmartWay Partnership Program at 734-214-4767 or email smartway_transport@epa.gov. The program’s Web site is www.epa.gov/smartway/.

CARB’s loan program is also available at www.arb.ca.gov/ba/loan/on-road/on-road.htm.

For additional information, CARB’s diesel hotline is available at 1-866-6DIESEL (634-3735) or visit the agency’s Web site at www.arb.ca.gov/cc/hdghg/hdghg.htm.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer