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CRA Calendar
  • March 23, 2017 - CRA Rental Rally Magazine Spring Edition mailed. CLICK HERE to sign up to receive your copy
  • April 18, 2017 - CRA Associate Member Liaison Meeting, San Diego, CA
  • April 19 - 20, 2017 - CRA Committee and Board Meeting, San Diego, CA
  • May 19, 2017 - Greater LA/Orange Yard Party Hosted by Sonsray Machinery, Santa Fe Springs, CA
  • Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2017 - The Rental Rally Tradeshow, Las Vegas, NV
Aztec Tents, one of the world's most renowned manufacturers of tents, canopies and semi-permanent fabric structures, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Since 1966, the award-winning company has provided quality structures for some of the most prestigious events across the globe for a variety of industries. Aztec Tents have been seen at Hollywood awards shows, NASCAR, PGA Tours, and thousands of fairs, festivals and other popular events.
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Briggs & Stratton® introduces the new P2200 PowerSmart Series™ inverter generator. Equipped with parallel capabilities, it can be tethered together with either a second P2200 or a P3000 inverter for additional quiet, consistent power. The P2200 is the latest addition to the Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Series™ lineup of inverter generators, which is exclusively designed for any outdoor recreation and tailgating activity in which a reliable and quiet power source is an expectation.
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Chicago Pneumatic is set to launch two new light towers. The new V15s are the first models in the Chicago Pneumatic range to use a heavy-duty polyethylene (PE) canopy. This new canopy, coupled with the light tower's small size, ease of transportation and fuel-efficient performance, ensure that the new models meet the demands of a variety of applications.
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Ditch Witch®, a Charles Machine Works Company, has introduced a new line of walk-behind trenchers to provide contractors and rental companies with greater performance, reliability and serviceability. Exclusive to the Ditch Witch organization, the CX-Series trenchers are equipped with the new patent pending CX Track system. The design includes a shorter left track, and longer right track, allowing better traction and a shorter overall length for superior maneuverability in tight spaces. The C-Series trenchers feature an exclusive, offset rear-tire design that delivers balanced traction and stability for increased production.
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The world's leading backhoe loader brand is launching its innovative 3CX Compact Backhoe Loader, delivering big machine performance for confined job sites. A pioneer of the compact backhoe loader, with its 2CX (not currently available in North America), JCB is taking the concept to a new level, to meet the demands of tomorrow's construction sites. The 3CX compact is well-suited for the utility, cemetery, and municipal markets, and ideal for use on construction projects in urban areas with space constraints.
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Kubota Tractor Corporation, looking to raise the bar in the tractor-loader-backhoe (TLB) segment, starts the year strong with the announcement of two new models, the L47 and M62 TLBs, both unveiled today at the World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas. The new TLBs replace the L39, L45 and M59 in the Kubota product line. Both units will join Kubota's popular B26 to round out its TLB line, and will be available at Kubota dealerships nationwide beginning February of 2016.
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For the second year in row Multiquip has donated a HHNG5 ride-on power trowel for the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program auction during World of Concrete 2016. The goal of CIM is to prepare graduates to become qualified concrete industry professionals. CIM is a business intensive program providing solid management skills that are applicable in any industry, but developed specifically for the concrete industry. Working with a wide network of universities, and supported by local, state and regional contractors and suppliers, the program supplies the industry with future managers and leaders.
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Linamar Corporation's Skyjack division launched a new range of telehandlers at World of Concrete in Las Vegas, Nevada. Designated the TH series, the four new telehandlers are engineered to extend the principal of simple reliability that has made Skyjack a world leader in aerial work platforms (AWPs). The TH series will replace the existing VR telehandler series.
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New Members - Rental Center

Circle R Equipment Rentals
Mike Miller
847 Metcalf St., Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 489-8112, www.circlerequipment.com

 Power Trip Rentals, LLC
Rick Meier
2501 Orange Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755
(562) 606-2727, www.PowerTrip-Rentals.com

Rental industry professionals from more than 18 states and two countries descended on the Cashman Center in Las Vegas from Jan. 26-28 for the California Rental Association's three-day West Coast Rental Rally Trade Show. With an impressive number of booths at 309, vendors displayed their latest products, services and solutions, from dance floors to compact equipment, GPS tracking systems to tables and chairs, and trailers to digital marketing services. Free shuttle bus transportation was provided between the Westgate Hotel, the show's headquarters hotel, and the exhibits at the Cashman Center and other show events.
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Every year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. The survey tracks fatal and nonfatal occupational illnesses and injuries requiring days away from work. It reports the type of injury, occupational class of the injured worker and other information that can help employers focus on potential problem areas.
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Every January, California Chamber of Commerce employment law experts travel up and down the state educating California employers about new employment laws affecting the workplace. The CalChamber Employment Law Updates seminars provide an opportunity for employers to learn about new workplace requirements and share questions or challenges they've experienced complying with existing laws or understanding new laws. Over a one-month span, CalChamber experts conducted nine seminars, speaking with hundreds of employers throughout the state. One topic that dominated every seminar was California's mandatory paid sick leave law, which took effect last year and required employers to provide paid sick leave (PSL) to their employees beginning July 1, 2015.
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A number of California Chamber of Commerce-opposed job killer bills first identified in 2015 appear to be dead for this year after missing legislative deadlines or being amended.
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In a recent article on foxandhoundsdaily.com, Joel Kotkin, editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University, discussed one of the greatest burdens on the American middle class -- the rising cost of housing -- and questioned why it hasn't become a key issue in the presidential primaries.
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The Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) released on February 9 from the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts that the U.S. retail regular gasoline price will average $1.98/gallon (gal) in 2016, which would be the lowest annual average since 2004, and $2.21/gal in 2017 (Figure 1). Lower crude oil prices contributed to U.S. regular gasoline retail prices declining to an average of $1.95/gal in January, down from an average of $2.04/gal in December. EIA projects regular gasoline retail prices to fall to $1.82/gal in February 2016 and average $1.88/gal in the first quarter of 2016, before rising during the spring. The diesel fuel retail price, which averaged $2.71/gal in 2015, is projected to average $2.22/gal in 2016, 7 cents/gal lower than projected in last month’s STEO, and $2.58/gal in 2017.
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Truck and Bus Regulation: On-Road, Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicles (In-Use) Regulation
The regulation requires diesel trucks and buses that operate in California to be upgraded to reduce emissions. Lighter and older, heavier trucks must be replaced starting Jan. 1, 2015. By Jan. 1, 2023, nearly all trucks and buses will need to have 2010 model year engines or equivalent. The regulation applies to nearly all privately and federally owned diesel-fueled trucks and buses and to privately and publicly owned school buses with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 14,000 pounds.

What's New: The Truck and Bus Reporting System Now Available for 2016 (Dec. 10, 2015). The Truck and Bus regulation reporting system is now available for fleet owners to report diesel vehicle information for 2016 at no cost. From this site, you can report your company and vehicle information. We encourage fleets to report early, before the Jan. 31, 2016, reporting deadline. If you have previously reported, you can access your account by using your username and password.
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The small off-road engine (SORE) category consists of off-road, spark-ignition engines below 25 horsepower, including small utility equipment, lawn mowers and weed trimmers. This category does not include compression-ignition engines, watercraft or recreational vehicles. The following includes general information regarding small off-road engines and ARB's SORE program: Small Off-Road Engines Fact Sheet and Certification Guidelines – online access to relevant certification documents for manufacturers.

What's New: Nov. 10, 2015 - The Air Resources Board has released Mail-Out #ML 15-01 describing changes to the evaporative certification process for SORE equipment and fuel tanks.
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On July 26, 2007, the Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted a regulation to reduce diesel particulate matter (PM) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions from in-use (existing), off-road, heavy-duty diesel vehicles in California.

A Fleet Average Calculator for Small Fleets has been made available for public use. The Small Fleet Average Calculator is for small-sized, off-road fleets (2,500 or less total horsepower) and covers all compliance years. The calculator is available here. Fleet owners utilizing the calculator are advised to first read the User Guide in order to familiarize themselves with the calculator.

Posted Dec. 30, 2015
Video of the e-ROAR tutorial is now available. As part of the reporting requirements of the Off-Road Regulation, medium and large fleets are required to submit annual reports by March 1. A training video on how to submit annual reports electronically is now available.

The DOORS Userguide on How to Submit an Annual Report and e-ROAR is now available in the Knowledge Center. Fleets are advised to read it before submitting their e-ROAR. For more information on the annual reporting requirements of the Off-Road Regulation, please see the ROAR and Annual Reporting FAQ.
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This page is a convenient place to get all the needed information about: the Diesel Rule QuickGuide, financial assistance, where to get filters, Multi-Regulation Summary (MRS), Factsheets and upcoming deadlines.
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This area of the Off-Road Mobile Sources website pertains to off-road, large spark-ignition (LSI) equipment greater than 25 horsepower, including farm, construction and industrial equipment, powered by gasoline and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and other alternate fuels. Typical applications that use LSI engines include forklifts, specialty vehicles, airport service vehicles, large turf-care equipment, portable generators and a wide array of other agricultural, construction and general industrial equipment. The U.S. EPA has sole authority to control new farm and construction equipment under 175 horsepower.

Posted Sept. 25, 2015: Public Workshops to Discuss Proposed Amendments to the Off-Road Large Spark-Ignition Engine Fleet Regulation
Staff is developing a proposal to require reporting and labeling, similar to the existing In-Use Off-Road Diesel-Fueled Fleets Regulation, for equipment covered by the LSI Fleet Regulation. Additional minor clarifications are also being proposed. The proposed amendments are critical to providing needed inventory updates, facilitating uniform compliance and identifying incentive opportunities. Staff is also interested in hearing from affected stakeholders on alternatives to achieving these same objectives. For more information, please contact Todd Sterling, air pollution specialist, at (916) 323-2397. To be apprised of public workshops or other opportunities for public input, please subscribe to the regulation mailing list.
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The ARB's Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection Program and Periodic Smoke Inspection Program were adopted into law in 1988 to control excessive smoke emissions and tampering from heavy-duty diesel trucks and buses. The regulations Title 13 CCR, sections 2180-2189 for HDVIP and Title 13 CCR, sections 2190-2194 for PSIP, which govern these programs, were last amended in 2013.

The HDVIP program requires heavy-duty trucks and buses to be inspected for excessive smoke and tampering and for engine certification label compliance. Any heavy-duty vehicle traveling in California, including vehicles registered in other states and foreign countries, may be tested. Tests are performed by ARB inspection teams at border crossings, CHP weigh stations, fleet facilities and randomly selected roadside locations. Owners of trucks and buses found in violation are subject to minimum penalties starting at $300 per violation.
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The Truck and Bus Regulation will reduce diesel-exhaust emissions from privately owned and federal government diesel trucks and buses. Privately and publicly owned school buses have different requirements and do not need to be reported. This CARB site has the Truck Regulations Upload and Compliance Reporting System (TRUCRS).

Who Needs to Report for 2016? The reporting period for 2016 compliance closes Jan. 31, 2016. Those who had opted-in to mileage-based extension for 2015 must report end-of-year odometer readings and confirm whether you will continue to use the same option in 2016. By reporting, owners can take advantage of flexibility options for heavy-duty diesel powered vehicles subject to the Truck and Bus regulation.
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Owners or operators of portable engines and certain other types of equipment can register their units under the Air Resources Board's (ARB) Statewide Portable Equipment Registration Program (PERP) in order to operate their equipment throughout California without having to obtain individual permits from local air districts.

Portable Diesel Engine Airborne Toxic Control Measure
On Jan. 1, 2013, the Portable Engine Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) fleet emission standards went into effect. The ATCM required owners of portable engines to submit a Fleet Compliance Report to the Air Resources Board by March 1, 2013.

The next Fleet Compliance Report will be due March 1, 2017.

NEW! Please review the Regulatory and Enforcement Advisory and its related Q&A regarding the upcoming amendments to the 2017 and 2020 Portable Diesel Engine ATCM fleet average emission standards.
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In December 2011, major amendments to the Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation became effective. The changes to the regulation are reflected in the fact sheets, advisories and answers to frequently asked questions available on the Knowledge Center for the Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation web page. Categories of information found on this page include: Requirements in Effect Now; Enforcement and Regulatory Advisories; Free Training Seminars; and Frequently Asked Questions.

Requirements in Effect Now - Enforcement and Regulatory Advisories
Advisory 377: Limits on Idling
Advisory 378: Dealer/Seller Disclosure
Advisory 391: Written Idling Policy
Advisory 394: Reporting Vehicles
Advisory 12-02: Annual Reporting for Large Fleets Due March 1, 2012
Advisory 12-08: New Labeling Requirements Effective Jan. 1, 2013
Advisory 12-25: On-Road Vehicles with Two Engines Were Required to Report by March 1, 2012 (This is an updated version of the old advisory 12-02 B)
Advisory 14-1: Enforcement of the In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation (Revision of Mailout# MSC 13-25)
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Survey Results: CRA Rental Rally Tradeshow
The 2016 West Coast Rental Rally Trade Show took place Jan. 26-28 at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas. CRA asked attendees to provide feedback on their evaluation of the show. Here are the results.
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EPIC Brokers
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MMD Equipment
Allied Insurance Brokers, Inc.

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