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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Cleaner fuels have now replaced more than 3 billion gallons of diesel fuel under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard

2018 data shows 100 percent compliance with California’s clean fuels rule

SACRAMENTO – New 2018 data from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) indicates that the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) continues to drive production of a growing volume of cleaner transportation fuels for California consumers: to date almost 3.3 billion gallons of petroleum diesel have been displaced by clean, low-carbon alternatives. The 2018 data also shows fuel producers are in 100 percent compliance with the LCFS.
“Renewable and bio-diesel, renewable natural gas, ethanol, and electricity are all seeing growth under the LCFS,” said CARB Executive officer Richard W. Corey. “Californians have the widest variety of cleaner low-carbon vehicles available anywhere in the country. The LCFS is catalyzing investments in these cleaner alternative fuels, providing consumers with more choices, and reducing emissions of toxic pollutants and greenhouse gases. These are key reasons why other states and nations are establishing similar programs.”

The program aims to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by considering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at all stages of production, from extraction to combustion. CARB developed the program to help support a return to 1990 levels of climate-changing gases by 2020, as required by AB 32, the 2006 landmark climate bill. California reached that overall goal in 2016.
Now a climate target of an additional 40 percent overall reduction of climate-changing gases is in place for 2030, under SB 32. To help California reach that goal, CARB built on the success of the LCFS by doubling the required reduction level and setting a 2030 target for vehicle fuels of 20-percent less carbon than is now found in gasoline and diesel fuel. Those cleaner fuels will displace millions more gallons of fossil fuels, helping pave the way for California to achieve full carbon neutrality by 2045.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

How To: Register a Vehicle Imported From Another Country (Direct Import) (HTVR 9A)

You always need:

You may also need:

  • Evidence of compliance with California emissions standards (1968 year-model and newer gasoline-powered vehicles and 1980 year-model and newer diesel-powered vehicles).
  • Evidence of compliance with U.S. emission standards (vehicles 20 years old and newer).
  • Evidence of compliance with United States (U.S.) safety standards (vehicles 24 years old and newer).

What Is a Direct Import Vehicle?

A direct import is a vehicle that is not manufactured to meet U.S. federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) and/or California emissions standards and not intended by the manufacturer to be used or sold in the U.S.
It may be very costly or impossible to modify vehicles not originally manufactured to meet California Air Resources Board (CARB) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions requirements, and Department of Transportation (DOT) FMVSS.
Not all direct import vehicles over two years old can be converted to California emissions standards and FMVSS. If the vehicle is a 1968 or newer year-model auto or commercial vehicle, or a 1978 or newer year model motorcycle that does not comply with EPA or CARB emission requirements, contact CARB by phone at 1-800-242-4450 or by email at helpline@www.arb.ca.gov.
Motorcycles, off-highway vehicles, and diesel-powered vehicles cannot be converted to California emissions standards at this time. Therefore, they cannot be registered in California unless they were originally manufactured to meet U.S. and California emissions standards.

Can I Register a Direct Import Vehicle in California?

Anyone who brings an imported vehicle into California, or purchases an imported vehicle while in California, should be aware that some vehicles cannot be registered in California or in the U.S. (California Health & Safety Code §§39024.6, 43150–43156, 43203.5, 43600, and 44200–44210). For rules and exceptions, see the Buying a Vehicle From Out of State–Can You Register It in California? (FFVR 29) Fast Facts brochure available at www.dmv.ca.gov.
Vehicles (and engines) imported from other countries must comply with requirements of the following agencies:
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for emissions requirements.
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for safety requirements.
  • U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for gas-guzzler taxes.
  • California Air Resources Board (CARB) for emissions requirements.
  • California Board of Equalization (BOE) for use tax.
If the vehicle was not originally manufactured to meet California emissions standards and DOT FMVSS, the vehicle cannot be registered in California, unless the vehicle is modified and tested under CARB’s direct import program.

Where Do I Find Information?

How Do I Register a Qualified Imported Vehicle?

Imported vehicle registration applications require the same documents shown in the How To: Register A Vehicle From Out-of-State (Nonresident Vehicle) (HTVR 09) brochure available at www.dmv.ca.gov.
In addition, the application must include the following forms for:
  • Customs—Evidence the vehicle has cleared CBP. Evidence is CBP forms 3299, 3311, 3461, 6059, or 7501 stamped or endorsed by CBP.
  • U.S. Safety—Evidence of compliance with U.S. FMVSS vehicles 24 years old or newer. Satisfactory evidence is one of the following:
    • The federal certification label affixed to the vehicle certifies the vehicle conforms to FMVSS.
    • A copy of the letter from the manufacturer certifying the vehicle complies with FMVSS and U.S. emissions standards (usually attainable only for vehicles from Canada).
    • A copy of the DOT bond release letter issued by the NHTSA.
    • A certificate of conformity issued by a CARB-licensed laboratory.
  • Emissions—Evidence of compliance with EPA and California emission standards. Any of the following are acceptable:
    • An EPA and California emissions label affixed to the vehicle.
    • A certificate of conformity issued by a CARB-licensed laboratory. No smog certification is required if this document is submitted for original registration.
    • A letter from the manufacturer stating the vehicle complies with FMVSS and U.S. emissions requirements (usually only attainable for vehicles from Canada).

Will My Title Be Branded NON-USA?

Yes. The vehicle title will be branded with "NON-USA" if the vehicle does not have a U.S. federal certification label (safety label) and U.S. emissions label affixed by the manufacturer.

When Do I Pay Fees to Register?

The date that registration fees become due for out-of-state vehicles varies. For complete date fees due, residency, and exemption information, see the How To: Determine Residency/When Fees Are Due on Out-of-State Vehicles (HTVR 33) brochure available at www.dmv.ca.gov.
NOTE: Registration fees for your out-of-state vehicle must be paid to DMV within 20 days of entry into California to avoid penalties, even if you do not have all of the other requirements needed to register the vehicle in California (California Vehicle Code §516). When the fees are paid in full, DMV will issue a one time 30-day temporary operating permit to allow you time to complete the other registration requirements.

What Fees Are Due?

The amount of fees due depends on a variety of factors. For an estimate, use the fee calculator available at www.dmv.ca.gov. An exact amount can only be calculated when you submit your registration application to DMV.

Final Registration Approval

DMV field offices will send the completed imported vehicle application to the Technical Compliance Section in DMV headquarters for final determination as to whether the vehicle can be registered in California.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Importavehicle.com Website Down

Sorry everyone. We are about 15 hours into our website being down.  This is what our host is telling us.

"The problem as we have determined it is that during an infrastructure migration project carried out early this morning, an important script that ties the various elements of Speed Digital’s applications to the hosting server was unexpectedly deleted. Due to a failed backup, it’s not possible for us to revert to a previous version of this script.
Our development team has been working throughout the day to recreate this script to bring Dealer Accelerate and dealer websites back online. We have taken the additional step of engaging an external firm with significant infrastructure expertise to engage in an effort parallel to our own to rebuild this vital part of the infrastructure.
We want to emphasize that no Dealer Accelerate data or website information has been deleted due to this failure. As soon as the script is rewritten, all Speed Digital provided software solutions and dealer websites will return to normal operation. As we continue to work on this, we will be putting up a generic maintenance page on your websites so that your site visitors understand that your sites are unavailable due to an IT issue and not due to an issue related to your businesses. "

So in the meanwhile we can be reached via phone, or email.  



Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act of 1988 : The 25 year law

Nissan Skyline GT-R that meet the Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act of 1988

The twenty five year rule, or 25 year old law is actually called the Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act of 1988 (IVSCA).  In October 1988, it amended the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966.

The IVSCA revised procedures under which certain vehicles that don't meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards(FMVSS) are allowed into the US.  The basics of that being they need to be brought into compliance by a Registered Importer. However several other temporary and permanent exemptions are mentioned in the IVSCA.

The important part for us being : "Exempts non-conforming foreign motor vehicles that are 25 years old or older ("classic or antique") from the restrictions imposed by this Act."

Even though many people are just becoming aware of this act, it has been around for more than 30 years. It was just as the 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R turned 25 years old in 1989, that much more attention was focused on the Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act of 1988.

Summary HR2628 - 100th Congress (1987-1988)
Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act of 1988

A Mitsubishi Delica that meets the Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act of 1988

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