California's Off-road Diesel Regulation Moves Forward by ProQuest


It makes sense for fleet managers to turn to electric, according to Rob Lamb, vice president of sales and marketing for Charlatte of America, which manufactures electric vehicles for the ramp. "As regulations become more stringent only electric and other green alternative energy sources protect fleet managers from replacing their vehicles every few years," he says. "In many scenarios, electric is not only more-user friendly to the operator, it's less costly to maintain."

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California’s Off-road
Diesel Regulation
Moves Forward
Idling limits are in effect now — and idling policy and                                                           By Rebecca Kanable

annual reporting deadlines are fast approaching.

           alifornia’s in-use off-road diesel vehicle regulation        She points out other GSE may fall under other off-road

 C         (ORD) is moving forward, and fleet operators in
           the state need to take note. Written idling policies
                                                                   regulations, such as Off-Road Large Spark Ignition (LSI)
                                                                   and portable equipment rules established by individual air
need to be in place by March 1 for medium and large fleets,        districts. Fleet managers can look at off-road mobile source
and all fleets need to begin annual reporting this year. After     regulations by going to
March 1, Tier 0 vehicles may no longer be added to off-road        offroad.htm. GSE fleets may also have equipment that falls
fleets. Large fleets need to have compliance plans in place        under the On-Road Regulation that was approved by the
as soon as possible, as the deadline for performance               ARB in December 2008.
requirements for large fleets is in 2010.
     Describing how ORD will impact fleet managers, Tim
Wix, of Averest Inc. and former GSE manager, doesn’t
                                                                       ORD will make the life of fleet managers
sugarcoat his words: “ORD will make the life of fleet
managers very difficult. They are going to have to develop             very difficult. They are going to have to
a strategy to meet the regulation and then sell it to upper           develop a strategy to meet the regulation
management. This will be a difficult task in the current                and then sell it to upper management.
economic environment.
                                                                                          Tim Wix, Averest Inc.
     “They need to understand that there will be heavy
fines for noncompliance and a strategy is required —
now,” he says.                                                           Sometimes the definition of a fleet can be confusing.
     Effective under California law since June 15, 2008,           ARB defines a fleet in this case as off-road diesel vehicles
ORD is aimed at reducing particulate matter (PM) and               in California that are under common ownership. ARB is
nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from the state’s estimated          working on a guidance document to help fleet owners
180,000 off-road vehicles used in construction, mining,            understand that while subsidiaries may have different tax
airport ground support and other industries. The term              IDs, if they are still under common ownership, the parent
“off-road vehicles” does not include stationary or portable        company is considered the fleet owner, not the subsidiary.
equipment. It only includes equipment with a diesel-fueled         It is the fleet owners who will be held responsible for not
or alternative diesel-fueled off-road, self-propelled, com-        complying with ORD.
pression ignition engine that is 25 horsepower or greater.               Although the fleet managers often develop compliance
The rule applies to any person, business or government             plans and ensure the idling and reporting regulations are
agency that owns or operates diesel-powered equipment              met, everyone from the fleet owner to the vehicle operators
in California. Yet, knowing California often leads clean air       should understand what they need to do to comply with ORD.
regulation and other states follow, fleet managers outside
California will want to pay close attention to ORD.                IDLING LIMITATIONS
     GSE that’s subject to regulation fits primarily in four            Five-minute idling limitations became effective and
categories: aircraft pushback tractors (and towbar lifts),         enforceable the day ORD became effective. Some excep-
cargo loaders, cargo tractors, and baggage tugs or tractors.       tions apply, such a
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