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New California law just went into effect that makes about 10% of big rigs illegal to operate in the state

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A regulation issued by California's Air Resources Board in 2008 went into effect January 1, 2023, and the regulation will have the effect of making a large number of commercial vehicles operating in the state illegal (or, as Californians might like to put it, undocumented).

The rule states that, as of Jan. 1, 2023, any vehicle weighing at least 14,000 pounds operating in the state must not have an engine that was manufactured prior to 2010. The board's justification for requiring engines that had not even been built yet at the time the regulation was passed was based on the theory that future engines would do a better job of reducing emissions.

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