Public Workshop for the Development of the Senate Bill (SB) 1 Report

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July 22, 2022

Public Workshop for the Development of the Senate Bill (SB) 1 Report

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff invites you to participate in a public workshop to inform an evaluation required by Senate Bill (SB) 1 (Beall, Chapter 5, Statutes of 2017). Among other provisions, SB 1 prohibits CARB from adopting new regulations requiring commercial vehicle retirement, replacement, retrofit, or repower in advance of specified useful life limits. Additionally, the bill requires CARB to evaluate the impact of useful life limits and other provisions on meeting air quality goals. CARB staff will discuss their proposed approach to evaluate the impacts of SB 1, and present preliminary analyses, including compliance statistics and emissions projections from the heavy-duty vehicle fleet. We encourage you to ask questions, engage in discussion with CARB staff, and provide feedback.

The public workshop will be held on Zoom with an available call-in option. Details are as follows:

Date:                 August 11, 2022
Time:                 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Call-In #:           (888) 363-4734
Passcode:         350021



Please use the link provided above to register and log in to participate in the workshop. After registering at the link above, participants will have the option to participate via the Zoom software platform or access the meeting by telephone with a dial-in number. No in-person attendance will be offered for this workshop.

Participants may ask questions during the workshop using the Zoom platform or prior to the webinar by email to Sara Forestieri. CARB staff highly recommends participating using the Zoom Desktop or Mobile App to see and hear the presentation in a single platform while participating in the event. CARB staff will be available to follow up with anybody that has questions after the workshop. Slides or other materials will be posted in advance of the webinar.

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Among other provisions, SB 1 states that as of January 1, 2020, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) must check that vehicles are compliant with, or exempt from, CARB’s Truck and Bus Regulation prior to being registered to operate in California. Separate from SB 1 provisions, CARB can also place registration holds on vehicles if they do not meet applicable regulatory requirements when enforcing the Truck and Bus Regulation. These processes help create a level playing field for businesses operating in California and ensure the emissions benefits envisioned by the regulation are achieved.

SB 1 also sets a useful life period for commercial vehicles, precluding CARB from requiring, via potential future regulations, commercial vehicle retirement, replacement, retrofit, or repower until 13 years or 800,000 miles with a maximum of 18 years from the model year the engine and emission control system are first certified. SB 1 directed CARB, by January 1, 2025, to report to the Legislature on the impact of the useful life provisions on efforts to meet State and local clean air goals.

To inform the development of this report, CARB staff entered into a two-year contract with University of California, Berkeley. The contract began in June 2022 and will explore strategies to further reduce pollutant emissions from heavy-duty vehicles. Specific tasks include: (1) a synthesis of current market conditions affecting truck ownership and scrappage, and (2) a qualitative assessment of policies to accelerate scrappage of old trucks and promote zero-emission heavy-duty vehicle adoption. CARB staff plans to include a summary of major findings of this contract in the SB 1 report.

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