- Monday, August 22, 2016
It appears that within the last week or so, Region IX of the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has significantly stepped up existing efforts to vet carrier (and in some instances broker) compliance with the Truck and Bus Regulation and the Drayage Truck Regulation of the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”). The CARB regulations have been adopted as a means of meeting California’s obligations under the federal Clean Air Act, hence the involvement of the EPA. Generally stated, the EPA asserts those regulations require that certain commercial vehicles operating in California, or to and from intermodal facilities in California, meet certain emission standards or be subject to penalties. The EPA further asserts the regulations impose obligations both on the vehicle “owner” and on carriers (and in some instances, brokers) that might hire or dispatch such vehicles.