At one time figuring out the CARB laws was like handing a Millennial a paper map and asking them to get you from point A to point B. It wasn’t going to happen. Although it can still be confusing, most everyone who has been affected by CARB for better or worse are done (for now?). But as 2023 inches closer, there is still a deadline looming for AG.
The low mileage exemption for AG trucks is going away on December 31, 2022. A lot of owner operators might say, “Why worry about something that is over 15 months away.” Well, we agree, you shouldn’t worry. But you should have a plan.
The law reads, “only vehicles that operate less than 10,000 miles a year can continue to have the extension until January 1, 2023. Once the agricultural vehicle extension expires for any specialty vehicles or one using the mileage extension, they must be upgraded to a vehicle with a 2010 or newer model year engine.” Or use the NOx Exempt Flexibility Option. The NOx EFO allows you to run your truck with a level 3 DPF in certain counties in California.
There are several factors to why you need a plan in place sooner than later. Right now, we are experiencing a severe shortage of Class 8 vehicles in both the new and used markets. Experts are saying that the supply issue may be here for at least another year. Even scarier for the AG market is that two axle day cabs have always been a challenge to find. You now have a shortage upon a shortage. To make matters more interesting, when the inventory issues are sorted out, finding a low mileage preowned two axle tractor will be like finding a needle in a haystack.
Registration mistakes can be costly. There have been many cases where people accidentally register a non-compliant truck . The DMV will gladly take your money, but your truck will still be out of compliance. If caught running your truck, you will face fines or taken off the road. And good luck getting your money back.
Our vintage readers will remember the FRAM oil filter commercial. “If you don’t buy a $3.00 oil filter today, you could be buying a $2,000 engine rebuilt later.” The same applies for the CARB laws for your AG trucks. Waiting until the last moment could cost you thousands of dollars unnecessarily.
Your plan doesn’t have to be complicated. But make sure you cover the following areas.
As we said, the CARB laws can be complicated, and this is how we understand them. While we believe we are correct, it is always a good idea to get a second opinion.
We wish good luck and may your next harvest be your best.