Don’t miss the December 31, Deadline for Opacity Testing / Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP) Compliance for the 2014 Calendar Year
- Since the 1990s, owners of two or more diesel trucks including commercially utilized pick-ups (6,000+ GVRW) have been required to perform opacity testing annually – meaning sometime within each calendar year.
- An exception applies to diesel engines that are four years old or less and those vehicles used exclusively for personal use, such as motor homes.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has the authority to audit the inspection records of all heavy-duty diesel-powered vehicles at the owner/operator designated fleet location and to test vehicles for compliance.”
- During 2013, CARB conducted 29,913 roadside inspections, issued 3,281 citations, and collected $1,336,880 in penalties.
- During 2013, CARB auditors conducted investigations of truck terminals and records and closed 1,162 cases for $2,177,813.
The minimum citation for failing to test is $500 per truck. For the most recent PSIP Advisory, go to: www.arb.ca.gov/enf/advs/advs351.pdf