Rules : Heavy Cranes

Heavy Crane Provision

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Diesel heavy cranes are specialty vehicles which must also meet CARB’s emission regulations. Luckily for heavy-crane owners, CARB has granted various extensions and exemptions to provide some relief and offer a more balanced approach when it comes to retrofitting or replacing these costly pieces of equipment.

In May 2014, the California Air Resources Board approved an amendment that gave heavy-crane fleet owners the flexibility to upgrade to 2010 or newer model year engines at an annual rate of 10 percent starting in 2018.

In addition, as stated in the amended regulation "any heavy crane that is equipped with a PM filter by December 31, 2017 and reported in TRUCRS under the Heavy Crane provision will be exempt from the requirements to upgrade to a 2010 (or newer) model year engine".

What this means is that filtered cranes will be grandfathered in, treated as a 2010 model year engines, and owners will not need to worry about replacing that engine, or getting rid of the crane. This is huge because most diesel vehicles operating in California will not be allowed to operate past 2022 with an aftermarket filter, but cranes will.

This retrofit heavy crane provision is a "use-it or lose-it" deal. Once you let that option go, you will have no other path to compliance than to replace your cranes.

Heavy Crane Description

  • On-road single crane certified as power-operated equipment
  • Can hoist, lower and horizontally move a suspended load
  • Required to be operated by a licensed crane operator
  • Gross vehicle weight rating of 54,000 pounds or more
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