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CARB Programs Impacting California Vehicle Fleets

Vehicle fleets in California are subject to numerous regulatory programs that are either changing or requiring compliance actions over the past few months and into 2014.  These include:

  • Statewide Portable Equipment Registration Program (PERP)
  • Portable Diesel Engine Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM)
  • In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation
    • On September 13, 2013, EPA granted authorization to CARB to enforce all provisions of the In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation. ARB has been enforcing the reporting, labeling, sales disclosure, and idle limitation requirements. ARB also outlined how it will proceed with enforcement of adding vehicles and emission performance requirements.
      • Adding Vehicles – ARB began to enforce restrictions on fleets adding vehicles with older tier engines on 1/1/2014.
      • Emission Performance Requirements – ARB will begin to enforce emissions performance requirements for large fleets on 7/1/2014 and then annually each January 1 thereafter. Performance requirements for medium and small fleets begin on 1/1/2017 and 1/1/2019, respectively.
    • Provisions for counting electric GSE in either or both LSI and Off-Road Diesel Rules.
  • Statewide Truck and Bus / On-Road Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicles (In-Use) Regulation:
    • Heavier vehicles with engine model years between 1996-1999, 2000-2004 and 2005-2006 should have PM Filters installed by 1/1/2012, 1/1/2013 and 1/1/2014.
    • Heavier vehicles with pre-1994 engine model year should have upgraded to 2010 model year engine technology by 1/1/2015.
    • Lighter vehicles with 1995 and older engine model years should have upgraded to 2010 model year engine technology by 1/1/2015.
    • Proposed amendments to provide new flexible compliance options for small fleets, low mileage fleets, and fleets operated exclusively in certain lower NOx areas. None of the proposed changes are currently in effect. CARB will consider the changes at a public hearing on April 24-25, 2014. Decisions should be finalized within 15 days of the hearing.
  • Off-Road Large Spark Ignition (LSI) (Gasoline and LPG) Equipment Activities
    • Increasing Fleet Average Emission Level Standards effective by 2009, 2011 and 2013
    • Provisions for counting electric GSE in either or both LSI and Off-Road Diesel Rules.

If you operate a vehicle fleet in California and need help addressing these various programs, contact your EPS consultant.

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