New emissions standards in New York won't affect trucking industry

| 11/30/2005

While a decision by several states to adopt tougher emissions standards is sending the auto manufacturing industry into hysterics, truck makers appear to have dodged the bullet this time around.

According to The New York Times, New York’s State Environmental Board – along with regulatory agencies in 10 other states – voted Nov. 9 to implement new standards that mirror the California Air Resources Board’s strict Low Emission Vehicle program.

New York originally signed on with the Low Emission Vehicle, or LEV, program in the early ’90s to reduce nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compound pollutants. However, this new move tightens restrictions even further on greenhouse gas vehicle emissions, including, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and hydrofluorocarbons, according to information from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

“The regulations approved today will further our commitment to reducing greenhouse gases and continue the progress being made to create a cleaner environment and healthier communities,” Department of Environmental Conservation Acting Commissioner Denise M. Sheehan said in a press release.

However, Karen Caesar, a spokesperson for CARB, told Land Line that these regulations are aimed exclusively at passenger vehicle and medium-duty truck manufacturers, and will not have an effect on heavy-duty truck makers’ current or 2007 emissions requirements.

By adopting the regulatory changes, the DEC estimates they will reduce light- and medium-duty greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 26 million tons by 2030.