Podcast: CARB compliance flexibility, or lack thereof, not set in stone

| November 25, 2013
Click through the image to use our interactive graphic to determine your upgrade options for getting CARB-compliant under the Truck and Bus rule in 2014. Listen to the podcast below to learn more about potential flexibility options in the works and the forces helping shape them.
Click through the image to use our interactive graphic to determine your upgrade options for getting CARB-compliant under the Truck and Bus rule in 2014 (1996-2006 trucks come under upgrade requirements this year). Listen to the podcast below to learn more about potential flexibility options in the works and the forces helping shape them.

There’s still time for truck owners around the nation to engage with the California Air Resources Board on a set of compliance options Overdrive has reported on over the last several weeks, says Joe Rajkovacz of the California Construction Trucking Association.

Contrary to some reports out there, CARB’s apparent backpedaling on their own proposal to boost the low-use vehicle exemption mileage from 1,000 to at least 5,000 in-state California miles itself remains only that — a proposal — and a series of public meetings around the state in December will take stakeholder input. (Some good, more definitive news came out as we talked to Rajkovacz Friday, Nov. 24 — enforcement of the end-of-year Truck and Bus Rule deadline will not commence in January.)

Owner-operators/fleet owners around the nation, as Rajkovacz points out in the first of two podcasts on this subject planned for this week, can listen in on the Dec. 4 meeting webcast and file comments to the board via email. In the podcast, Rajkovacz belabors the point: It’s crucial to get involved if you could benefit from flexibility options like the mileage boost originally described by Rajkovacz. Find a list of the upcoming meetings below, and here’s a link to the document that details CARB staff’s proposed guidance on new flexibility options.

And to contribute your thoughts on CARB to Overdrive‘s next podcast, call 530-40-VOICE (530-408-6423), state your name and location and speak your piece: What do you think would be reasonable for CARB to do at this point to help truck owners who don’t run a large number of miles in the state?    

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Upcoming CARB public meetings listed below. For operators who can’t be in attendance at any of these meetings, the Dec. 4 meeting will be webcast via this link, says CARB’s advisory on the meetings. The meeting coordinator is Jacqueline Johnson, jjohnson@arb.ca.gov. 

Tues., Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
South Coast Air Quality Management District Auditorium
21865 Copely Drive
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Wed., Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Air Resources Board Byron Sher Auditorium
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95812

Thurs., Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
City of Redding Civic Center Council Chambers
777 Cypress Avenue
Redding, CA 96001

Tues., Dec. 10, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Chula Vista Public Library
365 F Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Thurs., Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
Central Region Office, Governing Board Room
1990 E. Gettysburg Avenue
Fresno, CA 93726
(The public can also attend this last workshop via video conference at the air district’s Bakersfield and Modesto offices — 34946 Flyover Court in Bakerfield and 4800 Enterprise Way in Modesto.)