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CARB unveils trucking pollution-cutting tools
Monday, 29 June 2009 00:00

The California Air Resources Board on Friday, June 26, released several tools to help the trucking community comply with a variety of clean air regulations adopted by CARB in recent years, including rules aimed at reducing diesel pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. CARB says the tools are geared specifically to fleet owners as well as the truck dealers, lenders, air districts and others affected by the regulations, which call for both modernization of the heavy-duty diesel fleet and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

“Trucking is a tough enough business that we need to make clean air performance as simple as possible," says CARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "All of the regulations, programs and funding assistance options for truckers operating in California can now be found at one central location on the website or via a centralized phone line. We hope to create a better understanding of our regulations, so that Californians will have cleaner air to breathe.”

The tools, according to CARB are:

  • A web portal via the CARB website homepage called the “Truck Stop” at www.arb.ca.gov/truckstop, which provides the user with a one-stop shop experience for information pertaining to the trucking
    community. Written in straightforward nonbureaucratic language, the site is personalized through the use of an interactive questionnaire that results in a list of regulations and funding assistance options
    that may apply to the fleet owner’s situation. The site is designed primarily for the fleet owner, but the information also is useful for the truck dealer, lender, air districts and others in the trucking community;
     
  • CARB’s 866-6DIESEL (866-634-3735) phone line open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.— available in English, Spanish, Punjabi and Vietnamese—for individuals who prefer to talk to a live person about their diesel-related questions; and
     
  • A new CARB e-mail address at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it that enables the user to submit diesel-related questions at their convenience. Maintained by CARB staff, the site allows users to receive a response
    to their diesel-related inquiry within two business days, if not sooner.

CARB says the outreach tools are the product of the Truck and Bus Rule, aimed at cleaning up pollution from "big rigs" and school buses; and AB 32, a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions and fight global warming. CARB says its board adopted these clean air regulations with the stipulation that outreach to the trucking community be readily available, easy to understand and include funding assistance options.

The Commercial Carrier Journal, 6/29/2009