by Sean Edgar – Cleanfleets.net
CARB has several new deadlines in the New Year (2015) and if you are not tuned in, they can result in costly fines and vehicle registration action by the DMV. Any truck owner who has (or will) claim any exemption or time extension in 2015 has until the end of this month to file.
Completing Your CARB Filing by January 31
Any exemption, time extension, small fleet status, downsizing credits, etc., requires filing on the CARB “TRUCRS” website.
The big opportunity that will be lost is for fleets seeking to “opt-in” to the Work Truck or N0x Exempt categories.
Fleets that have any pre-1994 trucks with a GVWR greater than 14,000 lbs must report if they wish to drop into any of the low mileage categories available.
Sustainable Freight Strategy (SFS)
You might feel you are done with CARB but they are not done with you. I testified at the December 18, 2014 CARB hearing relating to the SFS. CARB staff is consulting with industry associations to take clean transportation to the next higher (and more costly) level in order to meet the greenhouse gas reductions required under state law. The SFS strategy will culminate in late 2015 with the adoption of a new framework that is designed to reduce GHG through less fuel consumption and accelerating alternative fuels and electric vehicles. You need to be present to win and Cleanfleets and CCTA will be at the table to help you.
Check Out YouTube and CARB Reports On-line
For web-savvy readers, I suggest that you search the Internet, going to YouTube and typing in “Diesel Crackdown” (www.youtu.be/Gi5uRaD-WdA) or “Trucks in the Imperial Valley” (www.youtu.be/Qllsu125Bf4) to see recent clips of roadside inspections by CARB. After you fight through the propaganda in these films, you do learn this–the fines are real and high. Federal actions now allow CARB to enforce the “Smartway” tractor-trailer aerodynamic requirements on 53-foot box units and the off-road regulation.
CARB Enforcement Reports for the past 15 years are posted on the CARB website. The 2013 report at link noted below indicates more than $3.4-million in fines were collected from roadside inspections and fleet audits affecting over 30,000 trucks.
So does every truck get stopped every year?
No, but the penalties assessed can be very serious and the DMV and other state agencies can make a truckers life miserable.
See the report at www.arb.ca.gov/enf/reports/2013_summary.pdf
Who You Gonna Call?
CARB’s help line is 1-866-6DIESEL.
Clean Fleets can quickly resolve your issues at a discounted fee, Contact is above.