According to the released drafts of the Governor's Budget, $200 million of a total estimated $850 million in Cap and Trade Auction Revenue will be dedicated towards low carbon transportation incentives. More details to come.
Buoyed by a $3 million Federal grant, FedEx, Smith Electric Vehicles, and Plug Power are adding hydrogen-powered range extenders to 20 electric delivery vans for real world testing.
The hydrogen fuel cell range extenders will about double the driving range of the Smith Electric Vehicles delivery vans, which can travel about 80 miles between charges. That’s good enough for extremely local delivery, but many routes have drivers covering 150 miles or more on a regular delivery route. While electric vehicles are capable of covering such distances, the costs and recharging times go up accordingly. FedEx has tried out a wide range of electric vehicles, but so far none can cover a full day’s work.
A reminder that the deadline to report to CARB for the Truck and Bus Rule is January 31st. A sample of the types of information which should be reported:
The link to report is here.
CTA Storm Water Monitoring Group members are urged to attend this year’s Storm Water Training class. This class is open to all current monitoring group members at no cost. Attending CTAMG training is not only helpful to people who are new to the program, it is an important Best Management Practice that helps ensure proper execution of your storm water monitoring plan. These training courses also show your commitment to your storm water program to relevant state and regional agencies.
The first part of the session (2-3 hours) will be a general compliance overview, similar to the format we have used in years past. The last part of the session will be reserved for questions and answers. A status update on the draft storm water permit for industrial operations will be provided.
Sessions will be held in Sacramento on Friday, January 17th, 2014 and in Ontario on Friday, February 7th, 2014. Two sessions will be offered each day in Ontario and Sacramento, one in the morning from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and one in the afternoon from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Sign up for the one that best fits your schedule. The morning classes tend to fill up quickly, so register early; space is limited and reservations are on a first come first served basis. No more than two persons, per facility, per session will be permitted to register.
Please indicate which persons will be attending each training session and email the completed form to NES at: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to: (916) 353-2375. Please do not show up at any of these seminars without registering with NES. A confirmation of enrollment will be sent upon receipt of registration form
TIMES: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
January 17, 2014 (Friday)
California Trucking Association
4148 E. Commerce Way
Sacramento, CA 95834
February 7, 2014 (Friday)
Jack Jones Trucking
1090 E. Bellmont Street
Ontario, CA 91761
If you would like more information before registering, please contact Gabbi Gannon by email at email@example.com or by phone at (916) 353-2360.
This is a reminder that, if you have not already done so, smoke opacity tests must be done for California domiciled fleets of two or more heavy duty diesel vehicles for all engines four model years or older, meaning all model year engines 2009-older are required to be tested this year. Test must be completed by the end of the year. Records must be retained for two years after.
From the Commercial Carriers Journal:
For the third time in recent months, the estimated 15% of non-compliant drivers at the Port of Oakland have staged work stoppages to try and delay California Air Resources Board emission rules targeting truckers at California ports and railyards. These protests continue despite the fact that, because of the nature of the Port rule, all these truckers are compliant with rules outside of the Ports until at least 2020. Non-port related trucking companies are becoming increasingly desperate to find compliant drivers.
This is why the CTA paired up with the Port of Oakland to provide a hiring resource made up of trucking companies who are looking for qualified, experienced drivers with compliant equipment. Opportunities include both company positions and owner-operator opportunities.
Media is mistakenly reporting that drivers are losing jobs because of the Port rule. On the contrary, because they have already made investments in PM filters, they are far ahead of the game where hauling outside of the Port is concerned. An estimated 15,000 truckers have not yet retrofit or replaced trucks to meet the Statewide requirements which these Port truck drivers already meet.
Now a few hundred truckers are announcing illegal work stoppage plans that would hurt the other estimated 85 percent of truck owners at the port who have already invested in upgrading their rigs. Those who made the upgrades must be able to work to pay off that investment.
|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