With the increased utilization of technology in the trucking industry, air quality regulators have found new and novel approaches to enforcing emissions. From fleet management monitoring systems to data collection from onboard sensors, regulators have better visibility into emissions violations, leading to more effective enforcement.
California has 35 local Air Districts regulated by the California Air Resources Board which are responsible for regional air quality planning, monitoring, and facility permitting. The districts issue legislation and administer air quality improvement programs. These Air Quality Management Districts, or AQMD's, are the California Air Resources Board's primary partners in ensuring clean air across the state of California.
Metro Vancouver is proposing amendments to their Non-Road Diesel Engine Emission Regulation ByLaw in efforts to reduce harmful emissions from non-road diesel engines.
California regulators have issued a proposal focused at lowering particulate matter emissions for new trucks built beginning in 2024, but federal regulators are still working to craft a separate nationwide low-NOx and PM proposal scheduled to take effect in 2027. Additionally, California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staff hope to synchronize their regulations.