Jan. 31 is deadline to meet CARB Truck and Bus Rule extension

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Truck owners wanting to use one of several time extensions to comply with California’s Truck and Bus Regulation have until Friday to file their paperwork.

The California Air Resources Board is giving truck owners until Jan. 31 to opt into compliance extensions announced last fall to meet the Truck and Bus Rule – once described as CARB’s most expensive truck emissions rule.

After outcry from multiple representatives throughout the trucking industry, CARB expanded some exemptions for the rule. Exemptions now include existing low-mileage agriculture vehicles, existing low-mileage construction trucks, existing particulate matter phase-in requirements, a low-use exemption, and trucks that drive in areas classified as “NOx-exempt.”

In its original form, CARB’s On-Road Truck and Bus Regulation was predicted to cost the trucking industry billions of dollars in truck replacement or retrofit work. The rule requires most trucks and buses with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 14,000 pounds to be upgraded either with diesel particulate filters or by upgrading to cleaner and newer engines between 2012 and 2023.

Most trucks and buses were required by the rule to have a diesel particulate filter installed by Jan. 1, 2014.

CARB is enforcing the rule on trucking company owners, operators, motor carriers, brokers and dispatchers. In an announcement sent Tuesday, Jan. 28, CARB said the truck owners and operators that need to demonstrate their compliance with the regulation to brokers and dispatchers can obtain a verification certificate quickest by reporting online. Reporting by mail, CARB said, can take weeks to process.

“The responsible hiring party must perform due diligence by confirming that compliance statements are factual in the contract,” CARB’s email read. “If you become aware that one or more vehicles in the fleet do not comply, then you cannot continue to use the services of the fleet.”

For more information, go to CARB’s Truck and Bus website by clicking here. CARB also has a toll free diesel regulation information line at 866-6DIESEL (866-634-3735) and email at 8666diesel@arb.ca.gov.

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