First Carrier To Challenge CARB Loses

The city of Redding, California has joined Shasta, Butte, Glenn and Colusa counties in writing letters to CARB, requesting the board to extend the January 1, 2014, compliance deadline.

The Redding City Council voted 5-0 to direct the city’s mayor Rick Bosetti to write the California Air Resource Board to ask for as much as a 10-year delay of the upcoming regulations.

The council says that the cost of compliance will “decimate the north state trucking industry and lead to higher prices and empty store shelves,” aNewsCafe reported.

Upcoming CARB regulations will require that all trucks operating within the state, and that were manufactured before 1997, to be equipped with $20,000 particulate filter, or the truck must be equipped with an engine that was manufactured in 2010 or later.

Many fear that the cost of compliance will run small businesses and owner operators out of business.

“’This will decimate our economy,’ Councilman Gary Cadd said, adding that the $20,000 particulate matter filter ‘is a piece of junk’ that is too temperature sensitive to be of use in slow-moving construction vehicles and prone to overheating in other uses,” aNewsCafe reported.

What do you think it a reasonable compliance deadline?

 

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