Drayage trucks are subject to the Advanced Clean Fleets Regulation (ACF) Drayage Truck Requirements and other regulations.
On April 28, 2023, California Air Resource Board (CARB) approved the ACF regulation, which includes Drayage Truck Requirements to transition to zero-emissions. The ACF drayage truck registration deadline is December 31, 2023.
What is a Drayage Truck?
Drayage trucks are in-use class 7 and 8 on-road, heavy-duty trucks that transport containers and bulk goods to and from seaports and intermodal railyards. Land ports of entry, which provide controlled entry to or departure from the United States, are not considered seaports or intermodal railyards.
Examples: Tractor truck, Terminal tractor, Straight truck, Chassis & cab, Yard truck, etc.
How will this Affect my Business?
From a business buyer’s perspective in the context of purchasing drayage trucks, this announcement signifies a significant shift in regulations and industry standards. Let’s break down what this means for business buyers of drayage trucks:
Starting from January 1, 2024, all drayage trucks that need to be registered in the CARB (California Air Resources Board) Online System called TRUCRS (Truck Regulation Upload, Compliance, and Reporting System) must be zero-emission vehicles. This means that any new drayage trucks entering the California market after this date must operate without producing direct emissions, such as those from traditional internal combustion engines. Here are a list of the requirements:
For existing drayage trucks, there is a clear timeline provided. All trucks entering seaports and intermodal railyards must transition to zero-emission technology by 2035. This gives businesses a specified window to plan their investments and gradually replace their existing fleet with zero-emission vehicles.
Immediate Shift: Businesses looking to buy drayage trucks in California need to invest in zero-emission technology immediately after January 1, 2024. This could impact their budget and procurement plans.
Long-term Planning: Businesses must plan for the long term. Considering the 2035 deadline, it's essential to strategize the replacement of existing trucks with zero-emission ones, factoring in budgeting, financing, and operational adjustments.
Initial Investment: Zero-emission drayage trucks might have a higher upfront cost. Buyers need to evaluate the initial investment against long-term savings in fuel costs, maintenance, and potential incentives or subsidies available for adopting green technology.
Financial Planning: Businesses should plan their finances to accommodate the transition, exploring options like loans, leases, or government incentives to ease the financial burden of adopting zero-emission vehicles.
Meeting Regulations: Business buyers need to ensure that the trucks they purchase comply with these regulations. Non-compliance could lead to fines and legal issues, making it crucial to invest in the right vehicles.
Eco-Friendly Reputation: Operating zero-emission vehicles enhances a company's reputation as environmentally responsible, which can be a valuable asset for marketing and public relations.
Technology Evaluation: Buyers need to assess the available zero-emission technologies such as battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell, or other emerging options. Consideration should be given to factors like range, charging infrastructure, maintenance, and overall operational efficiency.
Partnerships and Support: Businesses may need to establish partnerships with suppliers and service providers to ensure proper maintenance, charging/fueling infrastructure, and training for staff to handle the new technology.
Two Types of Zero-emissions vehicles:
In summary, from a business buyer’s perspective, this announcement necessitates careful planning, investment evaluation, and technological assessment. It’s not just a matter of complying with regulations but also an opportunity to invest in sustainable practices, improve the company’s image, and prepare for the future of transportation in a green and eco-friendly manner.
Contact us at Southwest to help discuss your options, answer questions, and show you equipment options.