Operators of trucks and buses based in California will be unable to register their vehicles at the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles beginning in 2020 if they don’t meet truck and bus regulations for cleaner air, according to the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
Vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of more than 26,000 pounds which are model 2000 or older must replace it with a 2011 or newer model or “repower” it with a 2010 or newer engine by January 1, 2020.
Models 2001 through 2005 must meet the standards above and be compliant by January 1, 2021. The same goes for truck models for 2006 through 2007, but the compliance date is January 1, 2022.
Newer models 2008 through 2010 must also meet the standards and be compliant by January 1, 2023.
There’s a catch, however.
On its website, CARB notes that its Truck and Bus Regulations are already in effect and that older trucks with more polluting engines could be blocked from registering before the final compliance dates.
“CARB can place a DMV registration block on your vehicle now if it does not meet current air quality regulations. The state of California is enforcing all diesel regulations in preparation for 2020,” the agency stated on its website.
The regulation applies to nearly all privately or federally owned diesel-powered trucks and buses weighing more than 14,000 pounds.