CARB drops port sticker rule

By Charlie Morasch
staff writer


The California Air Resources Board recently deleted several requirements from its proposed port drayage truck rule, including an edict that each truck entering a California port have a CARB-approved emission sticker and submit maintenance logs to the environmental agency.

CARB officials announced the changes May 28. The agency’s board approved the port rule in December 2007, but its multitiered regulatory approval process includes several opportunities for changes before a final version is adopted.

The revised port rule no longer requires truck operators to have an emission “compliance label” affixed to their truck. But it does require all trucks to have a 1994 or newer engine with a diesel particulate filter, or have a 2004 or newer model year engine that meets federal emission standards by Dec. 31, 2009. All trucks must meet 2007 engine emission standards by Jan. 1, 2014.

Also, CARB deleted its requirement that truck owners maintain a maintenance log for verified diesel emission control strategy retrofits.

OOIDA objected to the requirements for emission stickers and maintenance logs in both written comments and during public meetings with CARB.

CARB eventually requested an opinion from the U.S. Department of Transportation about whether the state could require compliance labels.

OOIDA Regulatory Affairs Specialist Joe Rajkovacz said the agency’s ultimate decision makes sense.

“Obviously, we strenuously objected to the credential requirement,” Rajkovacz said. “It’s important that CARB get this right, because their regulations can be adopted by reference by other states. The Association fought a long battle over unwarranted credentialing requirements over decades, and didn’t want to see steps taken backward.” LL