CARB Restrictions on Commercial Truck Registration



Commercial trucks registered in California will be subject to new regulations requiring owners that have older trucks in their fleet comply to the new laws or be subject to DMV restrictions.
These measures, designed to reduce greenhouse gasses, will be in affect starting January 1, 2020. The new “health-based requirements” will need to be met before a driver is allowed to register his or her truck through the Department of Motor Vehicles, CARB says. A new enforcement tool used by the DMV beginning in 2020 will automatically block 2010 and older trucks from registration.
Under these regulations, truckers must meet the following compliance schedule. Vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds GVWR are considered “Heavier” and trucks between 14,001 and 26,000 pounds are considered “Lighter”


Click to see the official document from the California Air Resource Board for full details.

DMV Enforcement

Beginning January 1, 2020, the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Truck and Bus Regulation will be enforced through a new automatic process. Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1), was signed into law on April 28, 2017. This bill states that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) must check that vehicles are compliant with, or exempt from, CARB’s Truck and Bus Regulation. The new DMV compliance verification process will better enforce the regulation and level the playing field for businesses throughout California.
Vehicles that have met all upgrade requirements or are exempt from heavy-duty diesel regulations in the state will be allowed to register with the DMV. CARB says VIN numbers may be required to ensure your vehicle isn’t mistakenly denied registration.
If a vehicle is not compliant with the rule, DMV can no longer register that vehicle.

C&M Motors Can Help

Many companies are being proactive in their approach to dealing with the coming regulations by upgrading older vehicles in their fleet sooner than later. The market could be flooded with older, out of compliance trucks as the deadline gest closer. These new regulations can be confusing. C&M Motors is prepared to answer any questions you might have about the new laws and help you decide which upgrades will benefit your business. We have a large selection of new Hino trucks available which can be made to serve a wide range of industries. Give us a call and let us help you be prepared. And remember to ask about the all new Hino XL Series of heavy-duty trucks due out soon. We look forward to hearing from you.


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