(Adopted June 16, 2000)

(a) Purpose

For public transit fleets operating in the South Coast Air Quality Management (District), this rule requires public transit fleet operators to acquire alternative-fuel heavy-duty vehicles when procuring or leasing these vehicles to reduce air toxic and criteria pollutant emissions.

(b) Applicability

This rule applies to those public transit fleets with 15 or more public transit vehicle or urban buses, operated by government agencies or operated by private entities under contract to government agencies, that provide passenger transportation services including intra- and intercity shuttle services. This rule shall not apply to vehicles or services pursuant to paragraph (e) including school transportation services, long-distance services, and heavy-duty on-road vehicles not used for the express purpose of public transportation.

No provisions of this rule shall preclude applicability of more stringent regulations developed by the State of California or the federal government imposed on heavy-duty vehicles or urban buses used for the express purpose of transporting passengers.

(c) Definitions

For purposes of this rule, the following definitions shall apply:

(d) Fleet Requirements

(e) Exemptions

(f) Compliance Auditing and Enforcement

(g) Severability

If any provision of this rule is held by judicial order to be invalid, or invalid or inapplicable to any person or circumstance, such order shall not affect the validity of the remainder of this rule, or the validity or applicability of such provision to other persons or circumstances. In the event any of the exceptions to this rule is held by judicial order to be invalid, the persons or circumstances covered by the exception shall instead be required to comply with the remainder of this rule.