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

| December 03, 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. Listen to the podcast below as well as previous installments available here and here to learn more about potential flexibility options in the works and the forces helping shape them.

Following Overdrive’s last podcast on the subject of the California Air Resources Board’s emissions regulations, listeners and readers via Overdrive Online.com have called in to express a variety of viewpoints, not all in agreement by any stretch. However, a majority expressed no shortage of frustration with what CARB’s Statewide Truck & Bus Rule means for older equipment. 

Among the callers were several based in California itself — or nearby, some expressing frustration at cross-purposes with the majority, objecting to late moves by the board to introduce further flexibility into compliance options.

Listen to or download the latest podcast via the player module at right.

The new proposed compliance options are detailed in this document issued in November and will be up for discussion at a Dec. 4 public meeting held in the physical location of the Byron Sher Auditorium at CARB headquarters in Sacramento, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. PST. The meeting will be webcast, with options for online viewers to contribute their views on the discussion via email. 

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At the start time for the meeting, visit this page to catch an audio or video feed yourself.

Find a list of other meetings being held throughout California through next week via this post. 

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    It is clear to many of us that there is a question of the constitutionality of CARB regulations as being applied to any truck that is not registered in the state of California.

    The first part is that California has already agreed with all the other states to accept vehicles registered under that other state’s vehicle laws to enter the state, and along with that, there is an open roads access issue of federally funded highways. But there is also a problem with access to markets by out of state register trucks, where in so much it seems that California is ignoring established agreements with those other states to accept a vehicle from another state which closes off the market to those who make a living servicing those markets, which the feds have a duty to step in and limit CARB regulations to only California register vehicles. There is also a rumor has been floating around that CARB has been asking or demanding that shippers and brokers do not accept services from out of state trucks who are not compliant with their regulations. If this turns out to be true, then the feds have an obligation to correct California and CARB regulations.

    The second part is the Feds have in the past based a lot of laws and intrusions into our lives on their claim that they have the right to because their constitutional duty is to regulate interstate commerce. In effect of CARB regulations are allowed to stand and they demand for compliance of out of state trucks it would seem that there would be an avalanche of movement to nullify those laws that the feds have based on their duty to regulate interstate commerce.

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