CARB Extends Reporting Requirement to May 1

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California environmental regulators have extended to May 1 the mandated deadline for motor carriers that operate in the state with $50 million or more in 2019 revenue, or carriers with more than 50 trucks, to file a one-time report about their trucks and operations.

California Air Resources Board officials announced the deadline extension within days of the original April 1 deadline.

The report is to be filed electronically.

The detailed company and fleet reporting requirement, known as the Large Entity One-Time Reporting Requirement, includes large employers including truckers, retailers, manufacturers, brokers and others that will over time be impacted by the agency’s Advanced Clean Trucks regulation approved by the CARB Board in June of last year.

The purpose of the reporting is to better understand how vehicles are being operated by individual fleets and entities in advance of a zero-emission in-use fleet rule.

The Advanced Clean Trucks regulation mandates, among other things, that 5% of all Class 7 and Class 8 trucks sold in the state be electric or hydrogen fuel cell beginning in 2024.

Under the plan, the percentage of medium and heavy electric trucks sold would increase each year, topping out at 40% annually from 2032 and beyond. The ultimate goal is to have all trucks sold be electric in 2045.

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There were numerous complaints lodged by truckers about the detailed reporting requirement during testimony last summer in a public hearing for the electric truck rule.

Although the Advanced Clean Trucks regulation was approved by the CARB board on June 25, it was not formally approved by the state’s Office of Administrative Law until March 15.

“In light of the relatively short time period between OAL’s approval of the regulation and the April 1, 2021, deadline to report, CARB is providing affected entities the compliance flexibility to report applicable information through the CARB Large Entity Reporting portal by May 1, 2021,” the announcement about the extension said.

The California zero-emission-vehicle regulation is limited to large entities that “operate or dispatch vehicles” in California with a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating greater than 8,500 pounds. It includes medium-duty vehicles like vans and three-quarter-ton pickups such as the F-250 or Ram 2500 and heavier vehicles of all configurations and fuel types, but does not apply to lighter vehicles like cars and light-duty pickups.

The reporting requirement also is for local municipalities, and state and federal agencies that have one or more vehicles over 8,500 pounds that operated in California in 2019.

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