The novel regulation aims to reduce GHG emissions from ride-sharing vehicles in California.

By Joshua T. Bledsoe and Jen Garlock

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is developing the Clean Miles Standard, a regulation to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ride-sharing vehicles and encourage broader adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV), pursuant to Senate Bill (SB) 1014.

The regulation will include two primary requirements related to: (1) increasing the percentage of total miles driven by ride-sharing companies using ZEVs, and (2) reducing GHG emissions per passenger mile traveled.

CARB staff have rolled out the regulatory concept in a series of public workshops this year, and presented updated targets at a workshop on November 19, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted development of the targets, since prior assumptions about ride-sharing are in flux and the regulatory timeline has been delayed.

This Client Alert details the top four things to know about this first-in-the-nation regulation.