Friday, January 16, 2015

Ranchers face deadline for diesel trucks

Cattle producers have until Jan. 31 to seek agricultural exemptions from certain state air-quality restrictions on diesel trucks.

The California Air Resources Board last year adopted a provision that effectively exempts trucks used exclusively to haul livestock from the statewide diesel truck and bus regulation until Jan. 1, 2023, the California Cattlemen's Association advises in a newsletter.

Under the provisions, cattle trucks used on a not-for-hire basis can be used all year long without mileage restrictions, and for-hire cattle trucks can go without mileage restrictions during the spring and fall cattle runs, the CCA explains.

Ranchers have until Jan. 31 to put their trucks in the state's database. Owners of cattle trucks wishing to obtain the exemptions can report online using the ARB's TRUCRS database here.

For questions about the database, call the ARB at (866) 634.3735.

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