California will soon be seeing a new meter next to their current oil pressure,
temperature and fuel gauges on their dashboards – one that monitors emissions
On Thursday, July
21, the California Air Resources Board voted on a proposed regulation that
requires all trucks in the state weighing more than 14,000 pounds to have
computer systems that can pinpoint on-the-road emissions problems, the San
Diego Union Tribune reported.
The system will
monitor and alert the driver to problems with fuel, catalysts, exhaust-gas
recirculation, soot filters and cooling, according to the CARB Web site.
The equipment should
cost about $130 per truck. The add-ons will be phased in beginning in 2010, and
should be fully implemented in 2013 model-year trucks.
light- and medium-duty trucks in the state are already required to have
on-board monitoring, the Union Tribune reported. A similar measure is
expected to be approved soon by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Auto
News Magazine reported.