California is blocking large diesel rigs with engines before 2010
California is actively banning older diesel trucks from its roads.
A new rule that says any diesel vehicle weighing more than 14,000 pounds with an engine manufactured before the 2010 model year is banned from California roads effective January 1, 2023. The rule is part of a set of emissions regulations implemented by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in 2008, affecting about 200,000 trucks and buses, including 70,000. big rig, theo SFGate.
Exceptions will be made for older vehicles with an engine replaced after the 2010 production year, and for vehicles traveling less than 1,000 miles per year. In a recent memo, CARB said most fleet operators were in compliance, with 1.58 million vehicles fitted with new engines after 2010.
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Enforcement for any exceptions will take the form of the California DMV denying new registrations to non-compliant vehicles. CARB will also inspect fleets of trucks and buses and issue fines where appropriate.
CARB says on its website that diesel engine emissions are responsible for 70% of cancer risk from airborne substances, but vehicles that produce the majority of these emissions are subject to emissions regulations. less stringent emissions than passenger cars.
Over the years, regulations for heavy trucks have fallen behind passenger vehicles, but they are starting to catch up. EPA regulations have been beefed up under the Biden administration, marking the first update of emissions standards for heavy vehicles in more than 20 years, but they are still lacking of people in California.
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The golden state wants authorized electric commercial truck before 2045. In the meantime, the state has stricter emissions standards for new vehicles that 17 other states have signed up to.
The more difficult standards are deprecated by truck manufacturers until recently, and it’s unclear how vehicle owners will react. As pointed out by the EPA, emissions tampering is illegal for diesel pickup trucks also pervasive. If that extends to larger commercial vehicles, it could cancel some of the benefits of California’s ban on older diesel powertrains.