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As of January 1, 2023, all semi-trucks operating in the state of California need to have an engine that’s no older than 2010.

This is due to the Truck and Bus Regulation set in action by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in an attempt to lower carbon emissions in the state. To have trucks with an engine year of 2010 or newer is to be CARB compliant, which is best shown in a certificate issued by CARB showing that the fleet is compliant with these regulations.

Prior to January 1, 2023, carriers specific to drayage were under another set of guidelines, but they are now a part of the Truck and Bus Regulation, keeping them in line with all trucks operating in California. For all other truck drivers in the state, these CARB deadlines have been applicable for a few years now.

How do carriers get a CARB compliance certificate?

Trucking carriers that have not yet done so need to register their trucks with CARB. Carriers can check their CARB compliance status on the California Air Resources Board’s official website. It will also show when the certificate was issued to a particular carrier company.

If a carrier does not report their current fleet of trucks to the California Air Resources Board or still has trucks with engines that are not 2010 or newer, than they will not be able to register these vehicles with the DMV. To determine the engine year of a truck, carriers will need to reference the serial number of the particular model. Keeping this in mind, it’s better to keep trucks off the road that are not compliant with the new regulations.

Of course, this all means that California trucking carriers signing up for the DrayNow app to haul intermodal loads must be CARB compliant. The DrayNow app has markets in Los Angeles and Northern California for California drivers interested in local freight. For carriers that are hauling freight in our other markets outside of California, they do not need to worry about these CARB regulations.

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