ARB amends landmark rule on off-road equipment

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 28, 2009 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Air Resources Board (ARB) has adopted amendments to attempt to help business owners comply with its 2007 regulation aimed at reducing toxic diesel emissions from the state's estimated 180,000 off-road vehicles such as tractors and bulldozers used in construction, mining and other industries.  The changes to the regulation implement legislation signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in February to provide temporary relief to firms that have reduced use of their vehicles due to downsizing or work stoppage.

Fleets will be able to use credits to delay retrofitting their existing equipment with pollution controls or purchasing new equipment. The changes will not repeal or delay general implementation of the rule; rather they will allow fleets to delay a portion of their compliance obligations for 2011 and 2012 until 2013.

The Board also approved changes recommended by staff, including exempting vehicles that are retrofitted ahead of schedule from being replaced in the future, and allowing small-and medium-sized fleets to buy a filter today instead of having to buy two in a future year.

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