On April 25, 2014, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved amendments to the California Truck and Bus Regulation (Regulation) to provide compliance flexibility for small fleets, low mileage vehicles, and vehicles operated in rural areas. CARB adopted the Regulation in December 2008 as a component of its effort to curb emissions from all heavy-duty diesel vehicles operating in California. Among other provisions, the Regulation includes particulate matter filter upgrade requirements with a phase-in schedule based on vehicle model year. In December 2010, CARB amended the Regulation to delay the phase-in requirements by one year in light of the economic recession. Last week’s amendments provide additional compliance time for certain truck fleet owners and operators.
Depending on fleet size and other factors, members of the trucking industry support or oppose the amendments. Large fleet owners generally believe the amendments leave those who diligently sought early compliance to compete longer with non-compliant owners. The California Trucking Association opposes the amendments. Key provisions of the amendments include:
For more information on the Regulation and CARB compliance, please contact Michael E. Vergara or Richard S. Deitchman at (916) 446 7979 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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