Attention: Contractors with Heavy-Duty Diesel Trucks used in Construction!

There is Still Time to Take Construction Industry Air Quality Coalition (CIAQC) Survey of Power Take-Off (PTO) Annual Hours of Use

Thank you to everyone that filled out the CIAQC survey on the use of power take-off (PTO) units/engines on construction trucks.  The response has been good, but we can still use additional data as the amendment process for the Truck & Bus Regulation continues forward.  Please consider taking the brief four-question CIAQC survey if you have not already done so, and see below for more information about why the survey is important.  Also stay tuned for more updates about the proposed amendments to the Truck & Bus Regulation as they become available.

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is currently preparing amendments to the Truck and Bus Regulation to consider in April 2014.  One of the changes to the regulation CARB is anticipated to make is an increase in the miles per year a truck can travel and still qualify as a low-use vehicle.  CARB is also considering an increase to the limit of hours an engine or power take off can operate annually on a truck and still qualify as a low-use vehicle.  (The hour limitation would not apply for vehicles where the engine is used to power an auxiliary mechanism that strictly loads and unloads cargo from the vehicle - see CARB's description below.)

As the regulation amendment process moves forward, CIAQC is distributing a brief four-question survey for contractors with covered trucks and construction truck fleet owners to help CIAQC determine what impact a 200 hours-per-year PTO limit would have on vehicles that would otherwise qualify as low-use

Please consider taking a moment to complete the brief survey.

Completed surveys will be forwarded directly to CIAQC and survey information is anonymous.  The survey does not ask for a company name or individual contact information, and if data are shared with CARB, it will only be in a summarized form.  Individual truck fleet information is safe with CIAQC.  

Please complete the survey by no later than March 14, 2014.  Do not hesitate to contact CIAQC representative Clayton Miller at (626) 858-4611 if you have any questions or would like additional information.

Description from CARB about the proposed low-use exemption:

What is the low-use vehicle exemption?

The low-use vehicle exemption allows a low-use vehicle to operate in California without meeting the PM filter or engine upgraded requirements of the Truck and Bus regulation in the compliance year.

What qualifies for the low-use vehicle exemption?

A low-use vehicle is one that is operated a total of less than 5,000 miles per year. If the vehicle is designed to power other equipment that can only be used while stationary, like a crane or a concrete pump, the engine or power take off must also be operated a total of less than 200 hours per year to qualify. Vehicles that operate more than 5,000 miles per year, but will operate less than 1,000 miles per year within California’s borders also qualify for the low-use exemption.

Click here to see additional information from CARB about the Low-Use Vehicle Exemption.

Click here for CARB's On-Road Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicles (In-Use) Regulation "Truck and Bus Regulation" webpage.

This information is provided by the Construction Industry Air Quality Coalition.

CIAQC is a non-profit 501(c)(6) founded in 1989 by four southern California trade associations--Associated General Contractors of California, Building Industry Association of Southern California, Engineering Contractors Association and the Southern California Contractors Association.

These signatory contractor organizations, through the Southern California Industry Funds, created CIAQC to help their members understand and navigate the ever-increasing web of government environmental regulation under which they operate their businesses and build our communities, our infrastructure and the environmental systems that will enhance California’s future.

Today several organizations and individual construction firms throughout the state are active in CIAQC. Member associations now also include the Associated General Contractors America – San Diego Chapter, Inc., California Construction Trucking Association, United Contractors, and the California Rental Association.

CIAQC assists the construction industry and regulatory agencies in the development of environmental regulatory strategies that will balance the goals of a healthy environment and a healthy local economy with the least adverse impact on the construction industry.

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