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INFO ALERT: Diesel truck ban & legal options

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California regulators don't always do what California business leaders want. That's not news to any of you. What's new and first in the world? The state's zero-emission truck mandate, which aggressively phases out dependable and affordable diesel trucks that deliver food, medicine, water purification supplies, and other essential goods.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted unanimously to adopt the Advanced Clean Fleets regulation we warned Southern Californians about in a recent op-ed. The mandate bans all sales of new diesel big rigs, delivery, and garbage trucks by 2036 and sets a 2042 deadline for large fleets to achieve lofty zero-emission goals.

BizFed leaders fought valiantly for sensible, all-of-the-above energy solutions ahead of the Friday vote. We're keeping the drumbeat going because this fight may not be over. We're also focused on making sure the business community understands precisely what the mandate entails and how soon Californians must comply. Read on for what's new and what's next.


  • Manufacturers will only be allowed to sell zero-emission medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks by 2036.

  • Drayage trucks carrying port cargo must be zero-emission by 2035. All new sales of drayage trucks must be zero-emission by 2024. That's next year.

  • Last-mile delivery and yard trucks must be zero-emission by 2035.

  • Work trucks and day cab tractors must be zero-emission by 2039.

  • Sleeper cab tractors and specialty vehicles must be zero-emission by 2042.

  • All companies that own or operate fleets with 50 or more trucks OR have $50 million or more in annual revenue must comply, as well as federal agencies such as the U.S. Postal Services.

  • An estimated 1.8 million trucks in California are impacted by the new rules. Emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks are exempt.


There is a legal path to challenge this ruling, which neglects
the present and projected realities of California's power grid.

Leaders from the California Trucking Association and BizFed will hold an informational call soon to explain legal options. If you're interested in learning more, let us know and we'll include you. Click the button below to send a note to Sarah Wiltfong expressing interest.


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Tracy Hernandez
BizFed Founding CEO