Truck and Bus Regulation
The Truck and Bus Regulation is necessary to meet federal attainment standards. This regulation requires heavy-duty diesel vehicles that operate in California to reduce toxic air contaminants (TACs) emissions from their exhaust. Diesel exhaust is responsible for 70% of the cancer risk from airborne toxics. Therefore, by January 1, 2023, nearly all trucks and buses will be required to have 2010 or newer model year engines to reduce particulate matter (PM) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions. To help ensure that the benefits of this regulation are achieved, starting in 2020, only vehicles compliant with this regulation will be registered by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
The Truck and Bus Regulation did not require a waiver and therefore is not at issue in the action of the Trump Administration. The waiver revocation action, in the unlikely event it is finally upheld in litigation, only addresses greenhouse gas and zero emission rules for cars and light-duty trucks. We are fighting this revocation in court.
All CARB regulations on trucks and off-road vehicles, including the Truck and Bus Regulation, continue to be California law. There have been no direct federal law changes to any other rule.
As heavy-duty on-road vehicles are such a significant source of pollutants, the Truck and Bus Regulation is one of the most far-reaching and important tools to reduce smog-forming and toxic emissions and protect public health in disadvantaged communities. It is a key element in CARB's Diesel Risk reduction plan and the State Implementation Plan, both of which are designed to provide clean air for Californians by helping to meet state and federal health-protective standards. Starting January 1, 2020, SB1 only allows vehicles compliant with this regulation to be registered by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).