ATA, Freight Stakeholders Press CARB for Alternatives to Emissions Rule

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John Sommers II for Transport Topics

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American Trucking Associations is among the groups proposing that the California Air Resources Board consider supply chain pressures for granting the industry alternatives to certain regulatory compliance.

In a recent letter to CARB’s leadership about an emissions rule for trucks, the groups insist it would be difficult for aspects of the industry to upgrade to a 2010 model year emissions-equivalent engine by the end of the year.

They propose that the agency allow certain fleets the ability to show intent to purchase a used vehicle with similar compliance considerations that exist under a delay provision in the emissions rule. The groups also propose that such fleets be able to provide alternative documentation for delays in manufacturing in the event that a dealer or manufacturer is unable to provide a purchase order.

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“Both California’s and the nation’s economy are still adjusting to the effects from a global pandemic that has stressed supply chains worldwide and more importantly, led to insufficient production of new trucks primarily due to a worldwide shortage of components needed for final truck completion,” the more than two dozen groups wrote on March 11.

They included the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the Truckload Carriers Association, the National Retail Federation, the Transportation and Logistics Council and the Western States Trucking Association.

“Providing this consideration in the final phase of the Truck and Bus Regulation will hopefully allow truck markets to return to pre-pandemic levels of availability and more importantly, affordability,” the groups added.

California’s regulation requires certain commercial vehicles to be equipped with a 2010 model year emissions-equivalent engine by Jan. 1, 2023.

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