FRESNO, CA - The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is implementing the next step in the plan to lower diesel emissions statewide by January 1, 2023, according to the Fresno Agriculture Industry Examiner.

Starting April 30 identification stickers which read AG in white block lettering on a black background must be affixed to all qualifying vehicles that are used for agricultural purposes. The label must be permanently affixed on the right and left doors of the vehicle and be in clear view at all times. The label can be a sticker or it may be painted on. Stickers are available at county Farm Bureau offices.

In an effort to lower emissions state wide, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) approved a regulation on December 12, 2008 that affected all existing on-road diesel powered vehicles. The overall goal is for all diesel trucks and buses to have a 2010 model year engines by January 1, 2023. Out of state trucks and buses that operate in California are not allowed an exemption to this regulation and must comply.

The identification labeling step follows another part of the process where vehicle owners had to report mileage details on their fleet. Agricultural Vehicle Reporting forms were due March 31 and the forms needed to state the vehicles mileage as of Jan 1 . The March 31 deadline is for fleets that want to utilize the special provisions being offered by the ARB. Fleet managers/owners must file these forms with ARB every year on Jan 31 going forward.

Special provisions to delay requirements for small fleets are available. Small fleets are considered three or fewer vehicles and do not have to report until January 31, 2011. Clean up requirements for small fleets do not go into effect till January 1, 2014.

Currently the ARB is set to consider amendments on the regulation in August, reported the Examiner.