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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

1993 Toyota Supra - Jay Leno's Garage



Jay, along with Cody Walker, pays tribute to “The Fast and the Furious” star Paul Walker with one of Paul’s favorite JDM cars.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

CARB cracks down on Low Carbon Fuel Standard violators


Agency issues more than three-quarters of a million dollars in fines & penalties

Three energy companies have agreed to fines totaling $785,000 following investigations by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). All three companies violated provisions of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which is a critical part of California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction efforts.
“The Low Carbon Fuel Standard is critical to California’s effort to fight the worst impacts of climate change, achieve its mandated GHG reductions, and to provide consumers with more clean fuel choices” said CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey. “It is not a new regulation and there is no good reason for compliance failures.”
  • SK Energy Americas agreed to a $395,000 penalty for failure to meet the carbon intensity target for 2014.
  • Alon USA and subsidiary, Paramount Petroleum have agreed to pay a $300,000 civil judgment for failure to accurately report fuel transactions.
  • Kern Oil & Refining agreed to a penalty of $90,000 and forfeiture of 15,838 LCFS credits for misreporting the type of low carbon fuel it sold (These credits are currently worth nearly two million dollars.)
CARB first approved the LCFS in 2010 with compliance starting in 2011. The LCFS requires that companies producing fuel for use in California lower the carbon in their production process 10 percent by 2020.
The regulation requires that fuel suppliers meet, on an annual basis, a clean fuel target for the vehicle fuels they sell in California. If an individual fuel they supply is below that annual target its carbon emissions are lower and it generates marketable credits for the producer; fuels above that number generate deficits. If producers are unable to supply enough low-carbon fuels in a year to meet the annual target, they must acquire credits from other fuel suppliers in the marketplace to make up the deficit. SK Energy Americas agreed to pay the $395,000 penalty because it failed to cover its deficit in 2014.
All producers are required to accurately report the types of fuel produced for sale in California and transactions for sale of that fuel. CARB took Alon and Paramount to court for their failure to accurately report its sales. Kern Oil was fined for inaccurate reporting of fuel type, and in addition to the fine CARB invalidated the credits associated with the misreported batches of fuel.
The LCFS is a tool critical to achieving California’s 2020 GHG emission reduction goal of a return to 1990 levels. It will also be important in reaching the legislatively mandated 2030 reduction goal of 40 percent below 1990 levels and 2050 target of reductions 40 percent below 2030 levels.
CARB is amending the LCFS starting in 2021 to require fuel producers to reduce emissions an additional 20 percent by 2030. The amendments will also bring more alternative fuels, such as jet fuels, into the program, and add a third-party verification program. Another amendment will create a variety of credits and partial credits for electric vehicle electrification to promote development of electric vehicle infrastructure called for in Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-48-18.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

CARB fines two out-of-state transportation brokers for violations of Truck and Bus Regulation



SACRAMENTO – CARB has fined Marten Logistics and Roadrunner Transportation Systems for failure to verify that trucks hired or dispatched for service were compliant with the state’s tough Truck and Bus regulation, and for not keeping adequate records as the law requires. 
“Any company that hires or dispatches trucks for operation in California must verify the compliance of those vehicles with California law,” said CARB Enforcement Chief Todd Sax.  “Failure to do so is a violation of law, and businesses that fail to comply should expect that they will get caught and pay the price.  We do everything in our power to protect Californians from high-polluting vehicles and their many negative health impacts, including enforcement of our strict laws.”
Diesel trucks are one of California’s biggest sources of air pollution. Because they are so durable, they can operate for decades and emit significant amounts of diesel pollution. The Truck and Bus Regulation requires all older heavy duty diesel trucks operating in California to be either retrofitted with soot filters or replaced with a 2010 or later model year engine in order to greatly reduce harmful emissions. 
The Truck and Bus Regulation also requires that a broker or motor carrier verify that a diesel truck is compliant with regulation requirements before they can hire or dispatch that vehicle.  This additional check is an important way to help ensure that compliant trucks are operating in California.
Marten Logistics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marten Transport based in Wisconsin, was fined $100,000 for not verifying that each truck hired or dispatched was compliant with California.  Of that amount, $75,000 has been directed to the state’s Air Pollution Control Fund to support for air quality research, and $25,000 to the Prescott Joseph Center for Community Enhancement to fund Northern County Breathmobile, a mobile unit that expands health care services to children with asthma in disadvantaged communities in Northern California.
Roadrunner Transportations Systems, also based in Wisconsin, also failed to verify compliance for each vehicle hired or dispatched and maintain records as required by the Truck and Bus Regulation.  The company agreed to pay $52,250 in penalties, including $27,250 to the Air Pollution Control Fund and $25,000 to California Safe Schools to fully fund their Ground Truthing project.  This project allows community members to locate and map facilities that could be potentially hazardous, and relay the info to CARB and the South Coast Air Quality Monitoring District for follow-up action.
Both Marten and Roadrunner have agreed to comply with all applicable terms of the Truck and Bus Regulation, and not operate or direct the operations of any vehicle subject to the regulation without verifying that each hired or dispatched vehicle is in compliance.  The companies have also agreed to accurate and timely records as required.
Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and more than 40 other known cancer-causing compounds. In 1998, California identified diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death and other health problems.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Vehicle Title Information by State

Not all states require titles on vehicles.  The following information shows the requirements for each state.



Title Information By State

State
State in Italic, are Not all Titled
Type of Vehicle
Title Boats?
Became a Titled State
Telephone
Number
Alabama
1980 & Newer
No
1975
334-242-9000
Alaska
All Vehicles
No
1951
907-269-5551
Arizona
All Vehicles
No
1927
602-255-0072
Arkansas
All Vehicles
No
1950
501-682-4692
California
All vehicles
Yes
1936
800-777-0133
Colorado
All Vehicles
No
1925
303-205-5600
Connecticut
20 Years and Newer
Yes, 2017
1959
860-263-5700
Delaware
All Vehicles
No
1941
302-744-2500
District of Columbia
All Vehicles
Yes
1932
202-737-4404
Florida
All Vehicles
Yes
1923
850-617-2000
Georgia
1986 and Newer
No
1962
855-406-5221
Hawaii
All Vehicles
No
1929
808-532-7700
Idaho
All Vehicles
Yes
1927
208-334-8663
Illinois
All Vehicles
Yes
1934
217-785-3000
Indiana
All Vehicles
Yes
1921
888-692-6841
Iowa
All Vehicles
Yes
1953
515-237-3110
Kansas
All Vehicles
No
1937
785-296-3621
Kentucky
All Vehicles
Yes
1974
502-567-1257
Louisiana
All Vehicles
No
1950
225-925-6146
Maine
1995 & Newer
No
1974
207-624-9000
Maryland
All Vehicles
Yes
1920
301-729-4550
Massachusetts
1990 & Newer
Yes
1972
857-368-8000
Michigan
All Vehicles
Yes
1921
888-767-6424
Minnesota
All Vehicles
Yes
1972
651-297-2126
Mississippi
All Vehicles
No
1969
601-923-7200
Missouri
All Vehicles
Yes
1921
573-526-3669
Montana
All Vehicles
Yes
1926
406-444-3661
Nebraska
All Vehicles
Yes
1939
402-471-2281
Nevada
All Vehicles
Yes
1931
775-684-4368
New Hampshire
15 years and Newer
No
1968
603-227-4000
New Jersey
All Vehicles
Yes
1946
609-292-6500
New Mexico
All Vehicles
Yes
1912
888-683-4636
New York
1973 and Newer
Yes
1972
718-477-4820
North Carolina
All Vehicles
Yes
1923
919-715-7000
North Dakota
All Vehicles
No
1927
701-328-2725
Ohio
All Vehicles
Yes
1938
614-752-7500
Oklahoma
All Vehicles
Yes
1925
405-521-3160
Oregon
All Vehicles
Yes
1925
503-945-5000
Pennsylvania
All Vehicles
Yes
1923
717-412-5300
Rhode Island
2001 and Newer
Yes
1972
401-462-5774
South Carolina
All Vehicles
Yes
1958
803-896-5000
South Dakota
All Vehicles
Yes
1925
605-773-3541
Tennessee
All Vehicles
No
1951
615-741-3101
Texas
All Vehicles
Yes
1939
888-368-4689
Utah
All Vehicles
Yes
1934
801-297-7780
Vermont
15 years and Newer
Yes
1971
802-828-2000
Virginia
All Vehicles
Yes
1924
804-497-7100
Washington
All Vehicles
Yes
1967
360-902-3770
West Virginia
All Vehicles
Yes
1930
304-558-3900
Wisconsin
All Vehicles
Yes
1927
608-266-1466
Wyoming
All Vehicles
Yes
1935
307-777-4851


 
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