Originally Posted by crazycal
A lot of info is being thrown out in this thread. Some of it correct and some not.
DO NOT BASE YOUR BUSINESS DECISIONS ON INFO FROM AN INTERNET FORUM. It is worth as much as you paid for it.
You seem to know what you're talking about and I agree with your bold statement. I read an official CARB document on the subject that spelled out the schedule for phasing in the rules. As you stated, busses with a GVW of above 14K are also captured by the rules. It was not the full text of the law, but more of a summary sheet.
Do you know how compliance is enforced? I read on that document that fleet owners are required to keep records. Are the vehicles required to report for testing? Are they randomly pulled in for testing at truck scales or roadside checkpoints?
The reason I ask these last questions is that pre 98 diesel and pre 76 gas private use vehicles are generally referred to as "smog exempt" in popular vernacular. However, in truth, they must be emissions legal. But they never have a smog check so owners of these vehicles modify them any way they choose with impunity. For example, a '69 Camaro with an 8-71 blower sticking out of the hood could get a ticket.