California bans trucks older than model year 2010

January 5, 20230

On January 1, a California law came into effect to stop registering trucks with an engine older than 2010.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has issued a Truck and Bus Regulation requiring all diesel commercial vehicles over 26,000 pounds GVW to be equipped with 2010 model year or newer engines to meet new emissions standards.

The same rule applies to trucks weighing between 14,001 and 26,000 pounds. The law does not apply to old trucks with updated engines 2010 and younger.

Vehicles that travel less than 1,000 miles per year may be exempt from the rule.

“As heavy-duty on-road vehicles are such a significant source of pollutants, the Truck and Bus Regulation is one of the most far-reaching and important tools to reduce smog-forming and toxic emissions and protect public health in disadvantaged communities,” CARB said.

Representatives of CARB will closely monitor compliance with the law on the roads and at weigh stations.

The Western Trucking Association (WSTA), a non-profit advocacy group for small trucking companies, says there are about 40,000 commercial vehicles in the state and about 200,000 across America with the engines older than 2010 year. Unless companies find a way to replace these vehicles, funds in 2023 and those 40,000 trucks suddenly fail, current supply chain problems could get worse.

Last year, the WSTA planned to send a letter to CARB asking them to delay the rule for another year, but their attempt was unsuccessful.

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