Take Steps To Be Compliant with The CARB Lawsuit Decision
We’re less than three months away from the deadline for CARB compliancy for all NOx-Exempt Central Coast Counties.
Don’t fall asleep at the wheel! The regulations for diesel emission compliancy rules are in flux, and regardless of wherever you operate your fleet in California, we keep you informed of updates in CARB rules to keep your trucks on the road.
The fallout from the Lawson CARB Lawsuit ruling, handed down by California’s Fifth District Court of Appeals, rocked the world of diesel truck and bus maintenance:
All companies that operate exclusively in the NOx-Exempt Central Coast Counties of Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz must have DPFs installed on all diesel trucks with a GVWR of 14,000 or more by the end of 2018. Prior to the Lawson CARB lawsuit, fleets would have had until Jan 1, 2020 to install retrofits on all their trucks.
Forget about extensions for your truck fleet size. Forget about last-minute reprieves. In this January 31st ruling, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) lost its appeal to allow small truck companies to delay compliance with emissions requirements in their effort to level the playing field between small and large fleet owners.
To avoid thousands of dollars in fines, conform to the newest CARB regulation for NOx-Exempt Coastal Counties by placing your order for up-to-date DPFs and replacements parts by October 31, 2018.
First, assure that your fleet remains CARB-compliant by staying on top of the most recent regulations for your fleet size:
- Small Fleets—Review the most recent CARB Truck and Bus Regulation Small Fleet Bulletin (from August, 2016). Stick to the Small Fleet Compliance Schedule listed in the bulleting.
- Large Trucks and Busses—Review the most recent CARB Truck and Bus Regulation Compliance Requirement Overview Bulletin (from December, 2017)
Next, contact our in-house CARB Emissions Consultants, Bob Gaffney and Stephen Davis, to ensure that you will not incur any fines and are in line with the newest CARB Lawsuit updates. Schedule DPF maintenance as part of our FSX advanced DPF cleaning service—The condition of your DPF is diagnosed within the first two minutes of cleaning. Ask about our mobile DPF service to avoid downtime while we clean and diagnose your DPF wherever you are parked!
Stay in-the-know about improving fuel economy and efficiency, extending the life expectancy of your engines, avoiding unscheduled downtime, coughing up thousands of dollars to replace DPFs and engines, and of course, bypassing hefty CARB fines to remain in business. Contact us today at 559-472-7301 to schedule maintenance and to order DPF parts, including our new inventory from Skyline®, before the December 31st deadline.
For DPF cleaning and maintenance, and a complete catalog of DPFs and parts for truck models dating back to 2006 and earlier, rely on AECS.
Bookmark this blog for other changes that our experts anticipate: mileage exemptions to change from 5,000 miles to 1,000 miles, documenting miles driven via drivers’ logs, and 90-day inspections. We also anticipate changes that will affect construction and agriculture fleets. Stay tuned…