CARB extends registry deadline for Truck and Bus Rule

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The California Air Resources Board has extended its deadline for truck owners to submit their information and possibly gain more compliance time for the Truck and Bus Rule.

The Truck and Bus Rule registry is a database used by the California Air Resources Board to keep track of the hundreds of thousands of commercial vehicles that operate in California annually. The Truck and Bus Rule, also known as the “Retrofit Rule,” will require trucking fleets to either install diesel particulate filters or upgrade their trucks.

For truck owners who operate in California and have a fleet of three or fewer trucks, if they report by March 30 they have more flexibility and time to comply with the Truck and Bus Rule, and CARB suggests reporting all trucks that have 1996 to 1999 MY engines.

On Monday, CARB announced it was extending the registry deadline from the previous Jan. 31 date to March 30.

Signing up ahead of schedule could allow truck owners to delay certain requirements of the rule, saving a business thousands of dollars or more given the right combination of retrofit or engine upgrade.

Before truck owners submit their information, however, they should know the possible consequences should their truck’s engines be older than the model year of the truck itself.

OOIDA Director of Regulatory Affairs Joe Rajkovacz recently urged caution for truck owners as they consider repowering their truck with a different engine.

“Replacing the original engine with an older model year engine can be a violation of the Clean Air Act, thus exposing the truck owner to huge fines,” Rajkovacz said.

For more information, CARB asks truck owners to call 1-866-6DIESEL or visit the CARB Truckstop website.

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