Multiple industry articles have stated that proposed changes to CARB's low-use exemption will mean that out of state vehicles will be able to travel up to 5,000-7,500 miles in California without coming into compliance with CARB's Truck and Bus Rule.
This may not be the case. CTA Staff has learned that these changes may apply to total miles, not just miles traveled in California. We would urge the industry to wait for CARB's official advisory prior to making compliance decisions. We expect this advisory to be released this week.
UPDATE (1:50PM PST, 11/11/13)): CTA staff has confirmed that the 5,000 mile proposal will apply to total truck miles, not just miles driven in California.
We've previously looked at the impact California truckers investments in clean diesel technology are having in Riverside County. Today, we're looking at Riverside's neighbor, San Bernardino County.
San Bernardino County is set to experience huge drops in both truck related PM2.5 and NOx in the coming years:
Truck emissions are scheduled to fall 70-80+% in the coming years due to an investment of close to $1 billion annually in clean technology. Most importantly, these reductions are estimated to occur despite an estimated 50% growth in truck trips.
Goods movement is an important part of the economy in San Bernardino County. Thankfully, due to the significant investments being made today by the trucking industry, goods movement has much room to grow and deliver both jobs and a cleaner environment.
To our Valued Customers and Partners
In early 2013, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced shared shipper/broker liability for dispatching or hiring non-compliant motor carriers. Major deadlines are approaching for small fleets of 3 or fewer trucks, who make up nearly 50% of all truck capacity in the State.
California’s trucking industry is currently investing billions of dollars on upgraded equipment and expending countless work hours to ensure that your freight is moved on the greenest, most modern goods movement system in the world while providing the same stellar service you have come to expect.
By ensuring that the motor carriers you hire are compliant, you are doing your part to create a level playing field in our industry and also mitigating your own exposure to liability for doing business with non-compliant carriers.
However, determining compliance with the wide range of CARB regulations impacting the trucking industry can be a confusing and daunting task to an outside party. Here are some helpful hints:
Q: Why should I be concerned whether a carrier I hire is compliant or not?
A: Fines for violations of ARB’s rules can run as high as $1000 per violation, per day. Due to these recent amendments, you are now exposed to liability for knowingly hiring non-compliant carrier. If you do business with multiple non-compliant motor carriers, the potential fines could be exorbitant. Also, knowingly doing business with non-compliant carriers may violate your supply chain sustainability policies.
Q: I am a shipper/broker. What are my requirements when I arrange for a motor carrier to haul my freight or my customer’s freight?
A: Requirements vary depending on the type of load you are hiring for, but generally speaking, you are required to verify motor carrier compliance with up to three different rules: The Truck and Bus Rule, the Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU) Rule, the Tractor-Trailer Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Rule
Truck and Bus Rule
Most trucks hired to haul freight in California will fall under this rule.
Refrigerated freight or loads transported in refrigerated trailers fall under this rule.
Impacts 53-ft box type trailers and the trucks that pull them. A significant portion of interstate loads are carried in 53-ft trailers.
Additional administrative requirements can be found on the attached guidance documents from CARB.
Q: How do I verify that a motor carrier is compliant?
A: CARB’s rules are complex and offer a variety of compliance options, so verifying compliance can be a difficult task. The following is a summary of the available tools for compliance verification:
Truck and Bus Rule
1. Certificates of Reported Compliance (provided by motor carrier).
2. CARB’s online reporting database. This database is updated on a weekly basis: https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onrdiesel/tblookup.php
1. CARB’s online “100%-Compliant” database, however, some motor carriers have registered equipment under parent, subsidiary or holding companies or “doing business as” names and may not show as compliant under the name you identify them with. You should double check with the carrier if they do not show as compliant: https://arber.arb.ca.gov/publicTCCReports.arb
1. No CARB provided tools available at this time.
Please be advised that there is no officially recognized “third party” CARB compliance verification service at this time.
The best way to ensure you are hiring a compliant carrier is to establish an ongoing relationship with a compliant motor carrier. Compliant motor carriers have spent a significant amount of time and money conforming to CARB regulations and would be happy to advise you on what their requirements are and the steps they have taken to meet those requirements.
Because these rules are so complex, we would also recommend consulting with CARB, your trade association, or trucking industry experts to ensure that you are correctly interpreting the rules and your requirements to verify compliance.
Q: I heard this only applies to “California-based” shippers/brokers?
A: Generally speaking, if a truck is being loaded in California or traveling on California highways, you will likely fall under “California-based” regulatory definitions, even if your corporate offices are not located in-state.
On behalf of the California Trucking Association, thank you for your continued support.
SMALL Fleets in the Goods Movement Sector:
•ARB has changed the scope of the current Proposition 1B solicitation to include small fleets (1 to 3 trucks).
•Small fleets can apply now for a grant to replace their truck in 2014.
•Small fleets (1 to 3 trucks) will be given priority. Large fleets may also continue to apply during this solicitation.
•We are also expanding this solicitation to allow funding for all engine model years that are 2006 and older.
Submit your application to a local agency by Thursday, December12, 2013 if you meet the eligibility requirements. Basic requirements are:
If small fleets meet the Proposition 1B goods movement eligibility requirements, they can now apply for a grant that would enable them to receive funding in 2014, and demonstrate a good faith effort to comply with the Truck and Bus Regulation.
ARB will be issuing a regulatory advisory soon to provide guidance on how it will handle compliance for fleets that make such good faith efforts to comply with the Truck and Bus Regulation deadline. For more information, please see the Proposition 1B website at: www.arb.ca.gov/gmbond
If you have any questions, please call our Goods Movement Information Line at: (916) 44-GOODS (444-6637) or contact us via email at email@example.com.
CTA Monitoring Group
The wet season is here!
Are you Ready for the storm?
A Reminder to Implement BMPs:
Sweeping before storm events
Covering and elevating materials stored outdoors
Performing vehicle maintenance per your SWPPP
Conducting visual observations
Collecting storm event samples
CTA Monitoring Group Benefits:
80% reduction in sampling frequency
Review of member reporting forms
Site visits to review storm water documents and assess SWPPP conformance
Bi-annual storm water training opportunities
Low cost membership
Have questions? That’s what we’re here for!
Join the CTA Monitoring Group!
CTA members that conduct vehicle or equipment maintenance, washing, fueling, or painting must meet the storm water regulations as defined in the California’s Industrial General Permit. NES administers the CTA Monitoring Group program, which is specifically designed to assist members with compliance activities.
Please Contact NES for Additional Information:
1141 Sibley Street
Folsom CA 95630
|Deadline to Order Equipment in Event of Manufacturer Delay (TRU Retrofit only)|
Truck and Bus
Small Fleets - 1 truck must meet PM BACT
Phase-In - 90% must meet PM BACT
BACT - 1996-2006 must meet PM BACT
Must be 2007+ Engine
2006s must meet ULETRU
Truck and Bus
"Good Faith Compliance Extension" Deadline