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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.

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