California delaying enforcement of retrofit deadline for truck owners

| November 22, 2013

California will delay enforcement of the next retrofit deadline for truckers who report certain efforts toward compliance by Jan. 31.

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The state Air Resources Board’s Nov. 13 advisory stated it would recognize truck owners taking action in “good faith” by the Jan. 1 compliance date for particulate matter filters. California will delay enforcement through July 1 for those who have made certain efforts by then and reported these actions to the board’s Truck Regulations Upload and Compliance Reporting System (TRUCRS) by Jan. 31.

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CARB also discussed earlier this month an idea to increase its low-use mileage exemption from 1,000 miles to somewhere in the 5,000 to 7,000-mile range, but shortly thereafter gave indications such an option may not be available in the new year.

When CARB met Oct. 24, the board directed staff to examine how it could provide compliance flexibility under the Truck and Bus Regulation. The board will not formally consider these anticipated changes until its April meeting. It issued the advisory to provide “early access” to planned regulatory changes before then. 

To qualify for the enforcement delay, owners of any size fleet must demonstrate they took one of the following steps:

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  • They have an agreement with an authorized installer for a PM filter retrofit.
  • Signed a purchase contract and ordered a replacement truck equipped with a PM filter (2007 model year engine or newer).
  • Were approved or denied financing for a retrofit PM filter or for a replacement truck equipped with a PM filter. 

Additionally, CARB will recognize the “good faith” efforts of owners of one to three trucks who meet all requirements of Proposition 1B Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program. These owners also must meet certain deadlines and report into TRUCRS.  Click here to see more information in the advisory.

Click here to check your compliance in the state, relative to your truck’s year model.

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