CARB extends deadline, small fleets get more time

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | 10/2/2012

After hinting at a possible extension, the California Air Resources Board has officially added four more months for small trucking fleets to sign-up and receive additional time to retrofit or replace trailer equipment.
CARB announced last week it is extending its deadline for California’s SmartWay regulation. Fleets with 20 or fewer trailers can now sign up before Jan. 1, 2013, and get additional time to meet CARB’s requirements. Previously, CARB had set a Sept. 1 deadline for small fleets to sign up for the SmartWay registry.
“This extension will allow fleets that have not already registered to use a compliance option under the regulation to participate in the extended phase-in option of the Small Fleet Compliance Plan that begins in 2013 and ends in 2016,” CARB’s announcement reads.
Designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions, CARB’s SmartWay Rule requires a specific combination of aerodynamic additions to 53-foot trailers and reefers, and by 2017 requires all trucking companies to have installed low-rolling-resistance tires on trailers and reefers with 2010 and older model years. 2011 and newer model year trailers are already required to have aerodynamic equipment installed.
This past summer, CARB said only 200 to 300 small trucking fleets nationally had signed up for the compliance time, fueling concern that few small companies were aware of the additional compliance time available to them.
Companies that own a single trailer may delay their compliance time until January 2015 by reporting before the deadline. Companies with multiple trailers can use a fleet phase-in system that requires a certain percentage of trailers to have aerodynamic equipment installed each year during the next four years.
CARB estimates the average aerodynamic package of side skirts and trailer tails to cost about $1,200.
Also, beginning next year, retreaded tires will face requirements that they must be SmartWay verified and approved by the EPA. Tires retreaded in 2012 will be grandfathered in and will still be OK until 2015.
“After that, they’re going to go buy either a SmartWay-approved retread or a SmartWay-approved tire,” Stephen Lemieux, manager of CARB's on-road heavy-duty diesel section, told Land Line in August.
For more information, visit CARB’s TruckStop, or call the Diesel Hotline at 1-866-6-DIESEL (866-634-3735). The regulation is described in full here.
All U.S. EPA-approved SmartWay equipment is listed here.

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