July 1 CARB deadline looms large for fleets of 21 or more trailers

| 6/17/2011

Truck owners who run in California may buy themselves time if they meet upcoming reporting deadlines to describe their compliance plan for the Greenhouse Gas Regulation.

The California Air Resources Board is collecting compliance plan information until July 1 from truck owners with fleets of 21 or more trailers who would like more time to slowly comply with in-use trailer upgrades required by the state’s Greenhouse Gas Rule, also known as the SmartWay Rule. Compliance plans for smaller fleets will be due by July 1, 2012.

Large fleet owners who don’t submit the information by July 1 will be forced to bring 100 percent of their fleet into compliance with the rule by January 1, 2013. Those who do submit the information may be able to bring 20 percent of their fleet into compliance by 2012, 40 percent the next year, 60 percent by 2014, 80 percent by 2015 and must be in full compliance by 2016.

“If you don’t file these compliance plans, whether large or small fleets, you’ll face the full weight of the regulation for your equipment much sooner instead of gradually phased-in,” OOIDA Regulatory Affairs Director Joe Rajkovacz told Land Line Now Thursday, June 16.

More information is available at CARB’s website, or OOIDA’s regulatory page.