California adopts on-board emissions monitoring systems

| 7/25/2005

Truckers in 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 standards.

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.

Passenger vehicles, 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.