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California Air Pollution Control Laws

HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE

Division 26 Air Resources

Part 1 General Provisions and Definitions

Chapter 2 Definitions

§ 39037.05. “Low-emission motor vehicle”

“Low-emission motor vehicle” means a motor vehicle which has been certified by the state board to meet all applicable emission standards and which meets at least one of the following additional requirements:

(a) Is capable of operating on methanol, as determined by the state board, and will have an adverse impact on ambient ozone air quality not greater than a vehicle which meets the requirements of subdivision (c).

(b) Is capable of operating on any available fuel other than gasoline or diesel and, in the determination of the state board, will have an adverse impact on ambient ozone air quality not greater than a vehicle operating on methanol.

(c) Operates exclusively on gasoline and is certified to meet a hydrocarbon exhaust emission standard which is at least twice as stringent as otherwise applicable to gasoline vehicles of the same year and class.

Added Stats 1987 ch 1326 § 1. Amended Stats 1989 ch 796 § 2.

Amendments:

1989 Amendment: Substituted (1) “which meets at least” for “meets” in the introductory clause; (2) “ozone air quality not” for “air quality standards for ozone no” in subd (a); (3) “ambient ozone air quality not” for “ozone air quality no” in subd (b); and (4) “gasoline vehicles of the same year and class” for “light-duty gasoline vehicles” in subd (c).

Note- Stats 1989 ch 796 provides:

SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares that it is in the interest of the State of California to encourage the development and market penetration of clean fuel vehicles, including electric and compressed natural gas fueled vehicles, to assist attainment and maintenance of healthful air quality, and to provide transportation fuel security through diversity of fuel types.

Cross References: Report on expected availability and prices of fuels anticipated to be required for low-emission motor vehicles using methanol or other clean-burning fuels: Pub Res C § 25310.1.

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