Truckers, duck: Oregon proposes California-style emissions rules

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 6/1/2009

The Oregon Legislature is one step away from approving a California-style retrofit law that would require fairings, single-wide tires, and other equipment aimed at being diesel efficient. The measure drew immediate concern at the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

In May, the Oregon House approved HB2186, which would give the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission the ability to adopt several provisions aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The law would direct the state’s environmental regulators to develop new regulations such as a low-carbon fuel standard, a restriction on engine idling for parked commercial vehicles, and requirements that only tires deemed energy efficient could be sold in the state.

The measure was approved by a 32-28 vote.

The proposed law has been sent to the Senate for consideration.

Todd Spencer, OOIDA’s executive vice president, said Oregon’s timing, given the current economy, couldn’t be worse.

“This proposed law is overkill that will exert a crippling effect on small businesses,” Spencer told Land Line.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer


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