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CARB Regulations for Trucks and Buses in 2020

October 28, 2019

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is in charge of obtaining and maintaining a healthy air quality in the state. One of their jobs is to make sure the public is protected from toxic contaminants in the air that might affect people’s health.

As part of their new plan to ensure that vehicles with high fumes emissions don’t harm the quality of the air, CARB has launched a new set of regulations for trucks and busses.

This new plan is focused on diesel vehicles that have a manufacturer’s gross weight of 14,000 pounds or more.

The new CARB regulations will be in effect as of January 1 of next year. And, the change has been triggered by Senate Bill 1. This bill will require DMV to take an active part in controlling the vehicles to qualify environmentally speaking.

As of 2020, the DMV will begin to verify that all diesel vehicles comply with the CARB Truck and Bus Regulation. In case a vehicle doesn’t fulfill the necessary requirements, DMV will not be able to issue proper registration or transfer of ownership.

This means that the owner will not be able to drive the vehicle or sell it if it is in infringement of the regulations.

The Truck Stop has listed the types of vehicles that will be affected by this new plan. They include both private and federal trucks and buses active in the state of California.

Among the exemptions, there are gasoline or natural gas vehicles, city transit buses, and motor homes or any vehicle with a recreational feature. Garbage trucks and non-federal utility vehicles will also be exempt.

The CARB regulation will be based on the make year of the current engine. All vehicles that are considered “old” will have to obligatorily undergo an engine replacement. With the exception of those exempt. Some filter requirements will also be mandatory for all larger vehicles.

Two different schedules have been released with the exact requirements and their date of execution.

The two categories are divided between lighter vehicles (from 14,000 to 26,000 lbs.) and heavier ones (more than 26,000 lbs.)

Make sure to check all the details about your own vehicle to see if you need to make any adjustments before the new year. Also, remember to check all the details about this new CARB Truck and Bus Regulation here.

What do you think of this measure? Does it personally affect you and your vehicle? Or do you think it is worth the effort to maintain good air quality? Don’t forget to share your opinions with us in the comments!

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