After several years of development, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has proposed and passed several new environmental regulations on refrigerated trucks that may have a significant impact on the industry. The first of these regulations come into effect in December 2022. If you or your company operates reefers on the West Coast, you need to start taking action now to ensure you remain in compliance!
What You Need To Know About California Regulations And CARB Compliant Trucks
I. Why new regulations?
For years, there had been concerns about the amount of emissions generated by refrigerated trucks, as well as questions about the impact of the refrigerant being used. The key issue was that, unlike standard trucks, reefers had to remain running at all times while loaded. This could potentially result in trucks sitting idle for hours, waiting to be loaded/unloaded, releasing more greenhouse gases than the average truck.
So, CARB, California’s state body regulating air quality, decided to step in and address the issue.
II. What will the new CARB regulations accomplish?
The new CARB regulations have a single long-term goal: that all reefers in California will be zero emissions by the year 2029. This does give shippers and independents a lot of time to prepare, but it won’t happen all at once. The new regulations will be rolled out year by year. Planning will help you stay in compliance across the next decade.
And to be clear: these regulations will apply to all reefers operating in California, regardless of where they are registered or headquartered.
III. What are the first milestones for CARB-compliant trucks?
To get started, you should be looking to the end of 2022, as well as 2023.
In December 2022:
- All newly manufactured reefers – both trucks and trailers – must use low-emissions refrigerant or no refrigerant at all. If refrigerant is used, it must have a global warming potential no higher than 2,200.
- New reefer models must also lower particulate emissions, in accordance with the United States Environmental Protection Agency Tier 4 final off-road particulate matter emission standard for 25-50 hp engines.
In December 2023:
- Owners of reefer trucks must report all trucks operating in California to CARB, pay fees, and attach stickers demonstrating their CARB compliance.
- Owners with older reefers must upgrade at least 15% of their fleet to be zero emissions and continue to do so until all trucks are upgraded by 2029.
These regulations may sting, but they’ve become an unavoidable cost of doing business in California. To learn more about your options in CARB-compliant trucks, contact us at C&M Motors.
As 2020 fast approaches, the time to make decisions about your fleet regarding the upcoming CARB Truck and Bus Regulations is now.
The regulations can be confusing and the last thing you want to have happen is being caught out with vehicles that are out of compliance. You also do not want to spend money unnecessarily to bring your trucks up to the new required specifications.
Now is the time to give us a call at C&M Motors and let our staff answer any questions you have about your fleet and how we can help you be compliant in the most efficient and economical fashion.
- Why are these regulations in place?
- What vehicles apply?
- When are the new rules effective?
- Are there any exceptions?
- Do I have a grace period?
- When should I respond?
All of these and any others are questions you might have, we can answer. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you sort out the regulations and how to be best prepared for the upcoming deadlines. To see more details, check out our complete CARB page and learn more with links to the official CARB website. We are sure you will have more questions after reading the full regulations and we will be here to help you make the right decisions for your business.
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Spring 2019 has arrived and 2020 will be here before you know it. C&M Motors is ready to help you be prepared for the upcoming 2020 CARB regulations.
Many of the regulations require simple modifications to comply to the new laws while some trucks will have to have higher level of upgrades in order to be registered with the California DMV in 2020. The last thing you want it is to have a minor modification hold up the registration process for your trucks. C&M is prepared to help you upgrade now and avoid any last minute panics.
What are the Regulations?
When looking at all the details of the regulations, it can be overwhelming. The 2020 requirements vary from simple filter upgrades to complete powerplant change-outs. These regulations are designed with a multi-year phase plan in place. Check out our CARB information page for more details and links to the official documents from the California Air Resource Board.
Make the call to C&M Motors and let us help you create a detailed plan of attack for completing all the required updates to your fleet before the deadline happens. We have the staff, training, and facilities to ensure your vehicles are in compliance, while avoiding the end of year scramble. We look forward to hearing from you and are eager to answer any questions you have about these regulations.
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