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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Public Hearing to Consider Proposed Procedures for the Exemption of Add-On and Modified Part(s) for On Road Vehicles/Engines

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) will conduct a public hearing at the time and place noted below to consider approving for adoption the proposed Procedures for the Exemption of Add-On and Modified Part(s) for On Road Vehicles/Engines:

DATE:                July 23, 2020
TIME:                 9:00 a.m.

Please see the Public Agenda for the meeting location and/or any appropriate direction regarding a remote-only Board Meeting as necessary, which will be posted ten days before the July 23, 2020, Board Meeting.

This item will be considered at a meeting of the Board, which will commence at
9:00 a.m., July 23, 2020, and may continue at 8:30 a.m., on July 24, 2020. Please consult the agenda for the hearing, which will be available at least ten days before July 23, 2020, to determine the day on which this item will be considered



CARB staff is proposing amendments to replace the “Procedures for Exemption of Add‑On and Modified Parts” which was adopted on November 4, 1977, and amended on May 19, 1981 and June 1, 1990.  The “Procedures for Exemption of Add-On and Modified Parts” provides a pathway for aftermarket parts manufacturers to receive an exemption from the prohibitions of section 27156 of the California Vehicle Code (VC) for add-on and modified parts or other modifications that affect emissions. 

The “Procedures for Exemption of Add-On and Modified Parts,” last amended on June 1, 1990, provide staff the tools to work with aftermarket parts manufacturers in the daily processing of submitted exemption applications; however, there have been many changes in the design of new vehicles and engines since 1990.  Accordingly, staff is proposing new “Procedures for the Exemption of Add-On and Modified Part(s) for On‑Road Vehicles/Engines” (procedures) to improve the exemption process in light of these changes. 

The new procedures will clarify and streamline the processes associated with a VC section 27156 exemption.  They will facilitate compliance by making the process easier for manufacturers to submit applications, conduct necessary testing, and receive exemptions, potentially resulting in some cost savings on a per application basis. However, the new procedures may increase the total number of applications required by an aftermarket parts manufacturer to cover its whole product line, possibly resulting in no cost savings for the manufacturer overall.  Notwithstanding, faster turnaround on staff review and approval is expected to result from use of the new procedures, providing a pathway for manufacturers to bring products to market faster. 

Inquiries concerning the substance of the proposed procedures may be directed to the agency representative Mr. Richard Muradliyan, Air Resources Engineer, at (626) 575 6798 or (designated back-up contact) Ms. Jackie Lourenco, Branch Chief, at (626) 450-6152.

The Notice, ISOR, and all subsequent regulatory documents are available on CARB's Rulemaking webpage.

Written Comment Period & Comment Submittal

Interested members of the public may present comments orally or in writing at the hearing and may provide comments by postal mail or by electronic submittal before the hearing. The public comment period for this regulatory action will begin on June 5, 2020. Written comments not physically submitted at the hearing must be submitted on or after June 5, 2020, and received no later than July 20, 2020. Comments submitted outside that comment period are considered untimely. CARB may, but is not required to, respond to untimely comments, including those raising significant environmental issues. CARB requests that when possible written and email statements be filed at least ten days before the hearing to give CARB staff and Board members additional time to consider each comment. The Board also encourages members of the public to bring to the attention of staff in advance of the hearing any suggestions for modification of the proposed regulatory action. Comments submitted in advance of the hearing must be addressed to one of the following:

Clerks' Office, California Air Resources Board
1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814

Electronic Submittal

Please note that under the California Public Records Act (Government Code section 6250 et seq.), your written and oral comments, attachments, and associated contact information (e.g., your address, phone, email, etc.) become part of the public record and can be released to the public upon request. 



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