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In June, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Regulation, which forces heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers to produce Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEVs) beginning with the 2024 model-year. The requirement to produce ZEVs will be followed by a fleet regulation mandating that operators of heavy-duty vehicle fleets (where a heavy-duty vehicle is defined as any vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 8,500 pounds) purchase specific quantities of ZEVs over time. In addition, in order to provide CARB staff with the data required to develop the fleet regulation, CARB has included a requirement in the ACT Regulation that mandates “large entities” to submit a detailed report regarding their heavy-duty vehicle fleet and operations by April 1, 2021.  

The ACT Regulation specifies that any entity meeting one of the following criteria must submit a report by the April 1, 2021 deadline:

  1. Entities with 2019 U.S. gross revenues greater than $50 million, that operated a California facility in 2019 and had ownership of a least 1 heavy-duty vehicle.
  2. Entities that operated in 2019, a California facility and a fleet of 50 or more heavy-duty vehicles.
  3. Entities that operated in 2019 a California facility that dispatched 50 or more heavy-duty vehicles into or throughout California.
  4. Any California or federal agency or organization (including regional or local agencies) that operated at least one heavy-duty vehicle in California in 2019.    

Again, these reporting requirements are mandated by regulation, and CARB will undoubtedly bring enforcement actions against entities that fail to report. 

Trinity Consultants has assisted numerous clients operating heavy-duty vehicles with ongoing CARB reporting requirements and has been closely following the development of these new reporting requirements. For more information or compliance assistance, please contact Allan Daly or Jim Lyons.