CARB serves notice with 4,000-truck inspection

By CCJ Staff on

Coming on the heels of a 4,000-truck statewide inspection blitz, the California Air Resources Board says it hopes it sent a “clear message to truckers” about its clean air laws. Members of the California Highway Patrol, Caltrans and the California Department of Food and Agriculture inspected at 40 locations 4,053 trucks total in August for overall compliance to air pollution laws, including those requiring owners of certain model year vehicles to install diesel soot filters.

CARB called the campaign — Gear Up for Clean Truck Month — a “huge success” in terms of the compliance rate, 80 percent.

“While ARB will continue to dedicate significant resources to assist fleets in complying with California’s clean truck requirements, owners and operators should understand that our enforcement efforts will continue throughout the year, and that our goal is to make every month a ‘clean truck month,’” says James Goldstene, executive officer for CARB. “The word is out that ARB is fairly enforcing these critically important regulations and working to ensure a level playing field for everyone in the trucking industry.”

A total of 817 citations were given during the four-week campaign. Reefer unit non-compliance accounted for 212 violations, non-compliance with CARB’s Bus and Truck rule totaled 191 violations, idling infractions counted for 187 and Emissions Certification Label violations accounted for 174. The campaign focused on enforcement in Fresno, Otay Mesa and the Port of Oakland.

In its report on the month-long blitz, CARB said truck owners should take note of upcoming deadlines:

Dec. 31, 2013:

  • Reefer units with 2005 model year engines must be replaced with ultra-low-emission reefer units.

Jan. 1, 2013:

  • Under the Truck and Bus regulation, diesel truck fleets must either install diesel soot filters (or upgrade equipment) on trucks with 2000 to 2004 model year engines or meet phase-in option requirements. 
  • For vehicles covered under the drayage truck regulation, 2005-2006 engine model year trucks greater than 33,000 pounds GVW rating must have diesel soot filters.
  • Tractor-trailer greenhouse gas regulation: (1) Fleets with 20 or fewer affected trailers must register if they want to use a compliance option that will allow them up to four additional years to participate in the small fleet compliance plan. (2) Low-rolling resistance tires are required for 2010 model year and older tractors that pull 53-foot-long box-type trailers. (3) SmartWay aerodynamic requirements must be met by all 53-foot or longer box-type trailers not using phase-in option.
10 comments
DOTDoctor
DOTDoctor

I understanding needing this going forward but to have to retro fit for compliance....come on.   All CA is doing is running trucks out of CA.  We all need trucks to get our goods to us.  Emissions is one of the evils that comes with transportation.  While we all need to do our part; there is limit to that cost.  Economy is hard enough right now; the government and it's regulations don't need to make it worse.

Jimmy the Greek
Jimmy the Greek

This BS is the reason i well never run in mexaforna !

Gordon A
Gordon A

Recently it was proven that hamburger joints in CA produce more toxins into the air than the truck exhaust does. Do you think that CARB and EPA will be as forceful and dedicated going after those polluters as they are  trucks? Very doubtful. CARB uses bogus numbers made up by a liar and imposter  and is still working there. Bogus.  Ever notice that companies of likeness such as tire manufacturers, restaurants, hairdressers, and the like stick together and truckers don't?               If I have said it once if I have said it a thousand times. We used to be the back bone of  America. Now we are the doormat of Government.

TruckerJohn
TruckerJohn

I discontinued operations to California when the first round of reefer emissions went into effect. I get lots of calls from customers looking for trucks, but I won't go out there again unless the emissions situation changes.

Steve
Steve

Calif/Carb can do what it wants on all State highways. When they try to enforce on Federal highways, it shows a lack of leadership in DC.

Mike
Mike

Why do we need low rolling resistance tires being that the emission requirements already have made the air coming out cleaner than that going in. You know what, screw CA, I wouldn't haul in blood if they where bleeding to death.

 

Gordon A
Gordon A

I have noticed that many  the local   Mexican trucks don't have the pollution garbage on their engines nor are they stopped for speeding. I have been passed by " Mexican " trucks on I-5 with them doing at least 70 mph and the black and whites look the other way.   Happens every time I go there. Won't be going back due to the BS and revenue enhancement programs in use. The fines are a bit , well more than a bit heavy handed and the enforcement  cops are really ignorant about  what the rules are.

papajoe319
papajoe319

Truckers need to quit hauling to CA. THIS might wake them up when they get hungry.

ornelaso
ornelaso

 @Gordon A

 ok come on now, for real, what pollution garbage are you talking about.  Furthermore, most "Mexican" trucks that you are probably seeing, are most likely owner operators.  With that being said, they don't have to put that garbage on their trucks until 2014, if it's the DPF that you are talking about or shall i say naging about.  One thing that I would like to make clear and hope it's herd is that American moves on wheels they have tried alternate methods but ultimately a truck will be involved in some point.  So the next time you go to buy a gallon of nilk or even fill you car with gas remember it was possible because of a TRUCK. 



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