California’s Carbon Emissions Law: What Does it Mean?

If you own a 2010 or older model year diesel truck in the state of California, things may be looking so sunny soon. In 2020, California put into place a new carbon emission regulation requires all commercial trucks to pass new emissions standards by January 2023. If that includes you, it’s time to get busy or you may not be able to renew your registration.

The Fine Details

California is basing the registration regulations on the year of the truck. While 2004 and older were due in 2020 and 2005-2007 were expected to comply by 2021, 2008-2012 come due January of 2023. The regulation is for all diesel-fueled trucks that are 14,000 pounds or greater GVWR.

The news isn’t new. The projected change has been in place for over a decade. Nevertheless, if you are not in a position to act, you may find yourself in a bad spot. 

Why the Stiff Regulations?

California has the worst air pollution in the United States. In an effort to combat the problem, the diesel regulation joins other hopeful solutions. Still, if you are the owner of a truck the law applies to, it can mean you are out of work if you can’t afford to remedy the issue. The California Air Resource Board (CARB) does have a few financial programs you may qualify for.

To be eligible for the program, you must have:

  • A truck fleet with 10 or fewer heavy-duty vehicles
  • A small business with fewer than 100 employees
  • Generation of less than $10 million in annual revenue
  • A business that primarily operates in California.

What About Non-California Residents?

If you don’t live in California, you’ll still be able to register your vehicle. The problem is that California is typically a pioneer in most everything. It is not unlikely that diesel emission standards are coming your way. The best way to prepare for it is, if possible, to go ahead and purchase that new commercial vehicle you’ve been thinking of getting. You can totally justify it now. You may even want to consider going with a gas-fueled vehicle on your next go-round as the regulations are for diesel-fueled trucks. 

MJ Truck Nation

At MJ Truck Nation, we are all about solutions. If you live in California and are feeling it’s time to buy a new commercial work truck rather than sink money into your used one, we can help. If you live in another state and want to be on the safe side, we can assist you as well.

We have a wide variety of new and used commercial work trucks in famous names like Fuso, Hino, and Isuzu. We have on-site financing so we’re able to work miracles. Give us a call today and see what we can do for you – (561) 840-9800.



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