Fleet Rule for Public Agencies and Utilities - What's New Archive 2006

This page last reviewed February 22, 2011

What's New....
Public Agency and Utility Training Seminar Materials. Handouts from ARB's recent seminars
(see 8/29/06 posting), including presentations, BACT calculators, labels and retrofit manufacturers
and distributors list.
New NO2 requirements for verified Diesel Emission Control Strategies may affect what can be installed on your fleet on January 1, 2007. The Air Resources Board released MSC 06-16 and 06-17 regarding the DECS compliance with the NO2 requirements that take effect January 1, 2007.
Public Agency and Utility Training Seminars. On December 8, 2005, the Air Resources Board adopted the Fleet Rule for Public Agencies and Utilities, which requires municipalities and utilities to apply best available control technology to diesel heavy-duty vehicles in their fleet. To assist municipalities and utilities with their compliance efforts, the Air Resources Board will present seven (7) "training seminars" during the months of October and November. These seminars are designed to provide an opportunity for municipalities and utilities to learn about the regulation, to learn about types of devices and strategies available to assist with compliance, and to speak one-on-one with local district incentive funding staff and local retrofit manufacturers and providers.
We have posted a presentation given by staff on June 22, 2006 at the FedFleet 2006 Workshop and Information Fair in Los Angeles. The presentation gives an overview of the regulatory elements of the proposed diesel particulate matter control measure for On-road Heavy-duty Diesel-fueled Vehicles Owned or Operated by Public Agencies and Utilities. It also briefly updates federal fleet managers on upcoming California fleet rules that could affect them. For further information, please contact Ms. Kathleen Mead.
ARB staff has proposed modifications to the proposed diesel particulate matter control measure for On-road Heavy-duty Diesel-fueled Vehicles Owned or Operated by Public Agencies and Utilities. Written comments regarding the modified text may be submitted by postal mail, electronic mail, or facsimile.

In order to be considered by the Executive Officer, the written comments must be received by ARB by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date listed at the beginning of the “Notice of Availability of Modified Text.” The Notice of Availability of Modified Text and the proposed regulatory text are available on ARB’s Internet site for this rulemaking.
The Air Resources Board adopted the Diesel Particulate Matter Control Measure for On-Road Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicles operated by Public Agencies and Utilities at its December 8, 2005 Board Hearing. The rule mandates municipal and utility vehicle owners reduce diesel PM emissions from their affected vehicles through the application of Best Available Control Technology or BACT on these vehicles by specified implementation dates. Implementation is phased-in by engine model year groups.

The Board did adopt the proposed regulations with some modifications. Therefore, a 15-day notice will be forthcoming. Staff expect that the 15-day notice will be issued sometime next month. The changes adopted at the hearing were the following:
1. Move the start of Group 2 engines one year to start in 12/31/2007 (versus 2006)
2. Allow certain rural cities and counties to apply for "low population county" status
3. Allow early compliance of Group 1 and Group 2 engines by 2008 to extend Group 3 engines compliance until 2012.
4. Minor recordkeeping and applicability changes.