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California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations continued to affect the moving and storage industry in 2015. As 2016 approaches, new challenges are on the horizon. This article provides an end of year checklist for movers and forthcoming regulations: Truck and Bus Regulation: Fleets that “phased-in” compliance for their heavy trucks must meet a 100% filter requirement on 1/1/2016 unless reported credits extend that date. For lighter trucks, nearly all 1997 and older model year trucks (i.e. 1996 engines) must be replaced unless mileage tracking and reporting to CARB is accomplished under the low use exemption. Federal auditing will affect the van lines as USEPA is teaming up with CARB to conduct fleet audits and enforcement. A Virginia interstate carrier recently paid over $390,000 for missing filter deadlines and failing to verify the CARB compliance of trucks they hired; Opacity Testing: All diesel truck owners of two or more trucks greater than 6,000 lbs GVWR must have the opacity test or state Smog Check inspection performed to cover the December 31 compliance deadline. Make sure you have an opacity test result for each truck and CleanFleets performs this testing should it not be completed yet during 2015. Flat Floor Trailers (53-feet and longer): CARB received federal approval in 2013 for this regulation. Both the trailer and the tractor that pulls it on California roads must meet the aerodynamic requirements by adding Smartway approved aerodynamic devices and/or tires. Only fleets that applied to CARB back in 2011 or 2012 can be running a portion of their trailers non-compliant. Big enforcement expected in 2016; Propane Forklifts and Sweeper: The little known Large Spark Ignition (LSI) Regulation affects owners of four or more propane or gasoline forklifts and sweepers. There were fleet average targets to meet between 2009-2013 and facilities that do not know if they met the targets may call us for advice. Keeping Documentation: Ensure that you have clear records of what you own, how much you use and make the CARBrequired disclosures when selling trucks; Sustainable Freight Strategy: In 2016, CARB and/or the South Coast AQMD will focus regulations on “freight facilities” (which includes warehouses) with the goals of identifying possible facility emissions caps based on distance to neighbors and number of truck trips. Sean Edgar testified for CARB to abandon this project because clean trucks are already mandated at all freight facilities. CleanFleets has already assisted dozens of CMSA members with these requirements. You may email Service@CleanFleets.net with any questions related to this article or call 916-520- 6040 Ext 102.