California

Idle highway chit-chat and Elvis in Raburn, Ga.

"We're back to idle chit-chat in the truck. Idle chit-chat is an art, developed by the elders of the tribes and passed down as a method to pass time until the great ship comes to take us away."

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Under the gun on the road

Wendy and George contemplate interior truck modifications: "We at least need dart guns for potential Sasquatch sightings, right?"

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CARB diesel regs’ human toll: Family uprooted, split by move’s necessity

Checking in Martin and Alice Jez -- formerly of Galt, Calif. The pair have moved to Michigan anticipating CARB's regs relative to their 2000 Freightliner, splitting them from a six-year-old son.

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Running in reverse: Channel 19 year in review, part 1

Big themes for the year reared their heads in the first quarter on the blog, from upcoming CARB deadlines to increasing angst over CSA. Take a tour back through the year via this review.

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CARB sued by OOIDA over retrofit filter requirement in emissions regulations

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has sued the California Air Resources Board over the agency's requirement that 2006 year-model and older trucks be retrofitted with a particulate matter filter to run in the state.

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CARB public meetings clarify proposed rule amendments, hear other ideas

In addition to the previously reported six-month "Good Faith" extension, detail here on proposed new NOx-exempt areas and concurrent extensions, a fast-approaching funding deadline, and more.

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The CARB bind: On eve of public meeting, more voices on proposed compliance alternatives

Owner-operators around the nation can voice their concerns with CARB regulations and newly proposed compliance alternatives via a Dec. 4 webcast meeting in Sacramento; further views in latest podcast.

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Going where others won’t: Owner-operator Jimmy Nevarez

Nevarez has made a career specialty out of short-haul in Los Angeles, Calif., as an owner-operator in spite of the many naysayers who told him it couldn't be done.

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Inside small-fleet advocacy at NASTC annual meeting

Rounding up highlights from the NASTC annual meeting: CARB politics, enforcement; speed limiter rule with retrofit requirement expected in 2014, "conditional" rating the new "unsatisfactory"...

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One week left for California ’06 reefer-unit extension

Orders for verified diesel emissions control strategies for transport refrigeration units operating in California, such as Level 3 diesel particulate filters, must be placed by Oct. 31.

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