California trucking group will keep challenging CARB reg

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A California trucking organization will continue its legal fight against one of California’s toughest emissions regulations.
 
The California Construction Trucking Association, or CCTA, appealed a recent ruling made in its nearly two-year lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board over its Truck and Bus Regulation. The California association filed a notice of appeal on Jan. 16 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
 
The Truck and Bus Rule, also known as the On Road Rule, began enforcement in 2012. The rule addresses diesel particulate matter by requiring either retrofitted diesel particulate filters or engine replacements. By 2023, nearly every bus and truck operating in the state will have been modified or replaced to meet the rule.
 
In December, a U.S. District court issued a ruling that it no longer retained jurisdiction of the case and that the EPA’s approval of the rule’s state implementation plan made EPA an indispensable party to the suit.
 
To comply with the rule, truck owners with 2000 through 2004 model year engines are required to have CARB-verified soot filters and/or upgrades to newer vehicles completed by Jan. 1, 2013.
 
With enforcement having begun Jan. 1, 2013, truck owners with a model year 2000 through 2004 engines that aren’t modified to meet the Truck and Bus rule are subject to minimum fines of $1,000 per violation per month. Those fines “increase significantly” over time, according to a California Air Resources Board enforcement reminder.
 
In addition to the fines, noncompliant trucks may also be impounded by the California Highway Patrol.
 
For more information, or to check your compliance, call CARB’s trucking hotline at 866-6-DIESEL, or visit the CARB Truckstop website. (Note: CARB is currently warning callers that “Our hotline is experiencing a high volume of calls; response time is taking a week or more.”) Questions can also be emailed to 8666Diesel@arb.ca.gov.

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