CARB Delays Registration Requirements for Two New Programs

Tom Bray, Sr. Industry Business Advisor

December 29, 2023

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced delays in the reporting requirements for two of their programs, the Clean Truck Check and Advanced Clean Fleet programs.

Clean Truck Check delayed until January 31

The Clean Truck Check registration and $30 per vehicle fee payment deadline has been moved to January 31, 2024 (the deadline was December 31, 2023). This program requires vehicle owners to register their non-gasoline powered vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,001 pounds or more that operate in California in the CTC-VIS database, pay a $30 per vehicle registration fee, and begin providing onboard diagnostic uploads starting in July 2024.

Advanced Clean Fleet

The Advanced Clean Fleet registration deadline has been delayed until the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues a waiver for the program or determines the program does not need a waiver (the deadline was January 31, 2024). This program requires high priority and drayage fleets to register their vehicles in the TRUCRS database and begin transitioning the portion of their fleet that operates in California to zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs). As part of the registration process, high priority fleets must state the implementation plan they intend to use (Model Year Schedule or Milestone phase in).

High priority fleets are companies with a fleet of 50 or more vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 8,501 pounds or more or that have at least one covered vehicle and have an annual revenue of $50 million or more. Drayage fleets are companies that operate Class 7 or 8 vehicles in, into, and out of the port and rail facilities in California.

As far as transitioning to ZEVs, in CARB’s ACF enforcement memo issued on December 28, 2023, it states that if a carrier puts an internal combustion engine vehicle into service that was not compliant with the program (an exemption was not properly exercised or the carrier was not using the Milestone phase-in), once the waiver issue is settled and enforcement begins, the vehicle will have to be removed from service.