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Nearly 80,000 active trucks could be barred from operating in California at year-end

From Commercial Carrier Journal.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, if you’re one of an estimated 76,000 owners who lives or operates in California with a pre-2010 emissions-spec engine, your ability to operate in the state will be in jeopardy.

Nearly 10 years ago, the California Air Resources Board’s Truck and Bus Regulation banned the use of all trucks powered by 2006 and older emissions-spec engines, with some narrow exceptions, and beginning in 2023, the rule, along with the similar Drayage Rule for dray operators, takes vehicle bans a step further. If the deadline stands as currently written in the rule, use of all 2007-2009-emissions-spec engines will be prohibited.

Part of CARB’s enforcement mechanism this go-around is to prevent registration or renewal of any such vehicle — the default CARB and the California Department of Motor Vehicles will use in that regard is an assumption that truck model years 2008 through 2010 are powered by by 2007-2009 engines. Unless owners take steps with the agencies to prove otherwise, registrations/renewals will be blocked.

Given high interest in 2010-emissions-spec tech at the time of that generation of engines’ introduction, it’s likely that many owners of 2010 model year trucks do in fact include 2010-emissions-spec engines (featuring diesel exhaust fluid dosing in selective catalytic reduction systems).

Drivers who do own a 2010 model year truck with a 2010 model year engine can report that their engine is compliant through CARB’s Excluded Diesel Vehicle Reporting data base (EDVR). The owner will be required to upload photos of the engine compartment that still shows part of the truck’s exterior, as well as a photo of the Emission Control Label. CARB suggests that this information be submitted “well in advance of your registration due date” to minimize the possibility of registration delays.

See the complete article online at Commercial Carrier Journal.