California's Off-road Diesel Regulation Moves Forward

Idling limits are in effect now — and idling policy and annual reporting deadlines are fast approaching.

Regarding the Carl Moyer Program, White says that unfortunately not every applicant will receive funding because there are always more requests than there is available funding. Those who do not receive incentive funding still have the regulatory provisions for economic downturns (such as early credits and utilizing compliance plans that spread out their costs).

To help fleet managers avoid headaches, ARB held free training seminars in 2008 and currently six are scheduled in February and March. ARB staff is also available to give presentations to fleet owners, equipment dealers or manufacturers. Many resources from ARB are available online.

White also invites fleet managers and owners with questions to contact her directly.

“All change is hard,” she says. “We’re here to help people in any way we can.”

While California is the only state given the right under the Clean Air Act to enact environmental regulations stricter than federal standards, Wix predicts that with the new administration in Washington, ORD is just the beginning of what is to come.

“It will be interesting to see what the new Secretary of Energy as well as the new EPA director have in store not only for California, but the rest of the nation,” Lamb adds.

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