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ARB: Upcoming Diesel Truck Regulation Education Classes and Events


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By: Air Resources Board

Jan. 21, 2011 - The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is conducting upcoming training classes and holding other events to educate truck owners, operators, and heavy duty diesel vehicle and equipment sellers about California regulations that affect them. The events include One-Stop Truck Events, Vehicle and Equipment Seller trainings, and a number of training classes.

The events and training classes will provide information about statewide idling limits, Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection Program (HDVIP), engine labeling, Truck and Bus Regulation, Drayage Truck Regulation, Tractor and Trailer Greenhouse Gas Regulation, Transport Refrigeration Unit Regulation, and associated funding opportunities.

The topics for each event may vary. For instance, certain training classes will focus on the Tractor-Trailer Greenhouse Gas regulation compliance planning and reporting, while others will provide information about the Truck and Bus regulation with a focus on agricultural vehicle extension reporting.

The events and training classes are being held on various dates and at different locations throughout California. Specific times, locations, and information about each event's topic are available at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onrdiesel/training.htm

Background:

The Air Resources Board has a long history of adopting regulations to reduce criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions. In 1998, California identified diesel exhaust particulate matter (PM) as a toxic air contaminant based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death, and other health problems. Diesel engines also contribute to California's fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) air quality problems. Those most vulnerable are children whose lungs are still developing and the elderly who may have other serious health problems.

In addition, in September 2007, the Board adopted a State Implementation Plan in coordination with local air districts to meet federal ambient air quality deadlines. The (SIP) identifies the reductions needed to attain national ambient air quality standards for ozone and PM2.5. The largest share of new emission reductions in the 2007 SIP is expected from trucks.

A number of regulations are now in effect that that require diesel engine owners to take steps to reduce their engine emissions. All truck owners must maintain engines so that they do not smoke excessively, must limit unnecessary idling, and meet other state emission reduction requirements. Nearly all trucks and buses with a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating greater than 14,000 pounds and transport refrigeration units that operate in California are required to have exhaust retrofits or to upgrade to cleaner engines early. The regulations are part of the state's plan to meet federal ambient air quality standards and to protect public health.

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) established requirements to achieve reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. AB 32 requires the Air Resources Board (the Board or ARB) and other state agencies to adopt regulations and other requirements that would reduce statewide GHG emission levels to the equivalent of 1990 levels by 2020. The Tractor-Trailer GHG rulemaking is one of 44 early action measures identified by the Board.

For further information, please contact 8666diesel@arb.ca.gov or call 866-6diesel.

 

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