Gino DiCaro

Diesel truck regs delayed

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, Aug. 6, 2010

To address stakeholder requests, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is postponing consideration of regulatory amendments for truck and bus, off-road, tractor-trailer GHG, and drayage trucks until November. They will schedule workshops in August and/or September to discuss the emissions inventory and proposed amendments.

You may recall that CARB held workshops in June and July on this subject during which stakeholders requested additional time to review and comment on the following:

  • Details of planned emissions inventory updates for trucks and off-road vehicles;
  • Specific draft regulatory language;
  • CARB’s revised report on fine particulate matter (PM2.5) mortality estimates, a draft of which will be released later this summer; and
  • Proposed changes to the drayage truck regulation.

While CARB staff is proposing to amend several elements of the truck and bus and off-road regulations, many provisions are in effect and not being considered for amendment.  These include:

  • Off-road reporting and labeling requirements;
  • Off-road idling limits and sales disclosure requirements; and
  • Requirements to report vehicles utilizing the agricultural vehicle provisions and some two engine street sweepers under the truck and bus regulation.

However, due to the pending amendments to the truck and bus and off-road regulations, several requirements have been postponed:

  • On February 11, 2010, ARB issued a delay of the off-road regulation's retrofit and turnover requirements pending further notice;
  • The truck and bus regulation reporting originally required by March 31, 2010, has been delayed until early 2011; and
  • The truck and bus retrofit and turnover requirements (scheduled to begin January 1, 2011) will also be extended.

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