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publicfleets -- Final Compliance Deadlines for the Fleet Rule for Public Agencies and Utilities Posted: 14 Mar 2011 15:55:46
This is a reminder that the final compliance deadline is December 31, 2011 for most of the remaining diesel vehicles subject to the Fleet Rule for Public Agencies and Utilities. All cities, counties, special districts, State of California public agencies and privately-owned utilities that provide services for water, natural gas and electricity that operate diesel vehicles greater than 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) are subject to the Fleet Rule for Public Agencies and Utilities. The regulation requires fleets to apply best available control technology (BACT) to a percentage of the fleet based on an implementation schedule. To meet BACT requirements vehicles must be retrofitted with the highest level particulate matter (PM) exhaust filter, be repowered with an engine that is originally equipped with a PM filter, be designated low use or the vehicle must be retired. All Group 3 vehicles (2003-2006 model year engines) must have met BACT by December 31, 2010, all 2002 and older model year engines must meet BACT by December 31, 2011 and any 2007 model year or newer engine certified above 0.01 g/bhp-hr for PM must meet BACT by December 31, 2012. For more information about the regulation, go to www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/publicfleets/publicfleets.htm. Background: The Fleet Rule for Public Agencies and Utilities was adopted by the Air Resources Board (ARB) to reduce emissions, by specified implementation dates, from utility vehicles necessary to meet federally imposed clean air standards and to reduce the adverse health effects from PM and smog-forming emissions. The Office of Administrative Law approved the Fleet Rule for Public Agencies and Utilities and filed it with the Secretary of State on December 6, 2006. The regulation became effective on January 5, 2007. In December 2008, ARB made amendments to the rule to include newer engines not certified to 0.01g/bhp-hr PM and other clarification and administrative amendments. Please note that no other compliance deadlines have changed.