CARB calls its diesel rules awareness month a success

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Thursday, October 18, 2012

CARB spent the month of September inspecting trucks and monitoring compliance of the state’s diesel emissions rules as part of its “Gear Up for Clean Truck Month” campaign.

After inspecting 4,053 trucks at 40 different locations, CARB says about 80 percent of trucks meet the state’s multiple diesel regulations – a score that prompted the air quality agency to call the effort a success.

For CARB’s Truck and Bus Rule – which requires the retrofit of diesel particulate filters for trucks with 1996 through 1998 model year engines – trucks inspected had a 90 percent compliance rate.

“We’re pleased to see such a high level of compliance,” CARB Executive Officer James Goldstene said, according to a CARB news release. “While CARB will continue to dedicate significant resources to assist fleets in complying with California’s clean truck requirements, owners and operators should understand that our enforcement efforts will continue throughout the year, and that our goal is to make every month a ‘clean truck month.’”

CARB wrote 817 citations during the inspection blitz, including 212 for violations of the Transport Refrigeration Unit rule, 191 tied to the Bus and Truck rule, 187 idling infractions and 174 for violations of the state’s Emissions Certification Labels rule.

CARB says it distributed more than 4,600 information packets in English and Spanish.

Upcoming CARB deadlines include:
Reefers with 2005 model year engines must be replaced with reefers that meet Ultra-Low-Emission standards by Dec. 31, 2012;
Vehicles that must comply with the state’s Drayage Truck Regulation must have diesel particulate filters installed on 2005-2006 model year engines if the trucks are meet the greater than 33,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight rating.

For more information, visit CARB’s Truck Stop or call the Diesel Hotline at 1-866-6DIESEL (1 866-634-3735).

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