Vancouver requires diesel engine registration
Sept. 30, 2011 - The city of Vancouver's new Non-Road Diesel Emissions Regulation comes into force on January 1, 2012. The regulation requires owners or operators of Tier 0 and Tier 1 diesel engines to register and pay fees when operating those engines within the Metro Vancouver city limits. The regulation also limits opacity in exhaust emissions and restricts idling of all diesel engines.
By Patrick Flannery
Tier 0 engines greater than 25 HP are affected in the first phase of the
regulation, and Tier 1 engines greater than 25 HP come under the rules
in 2014. Cars and trucks, recreational vehicles, farm equipment and
emergency generators are exempt from this regulation.
Engines can be registered for use on a daily, monthly or yearly basis
using a web-based system due to launch later in 2011. The registration
site will include a fee calculator. Registering a 100 HP engine for a
year will cost approximately $400. Monthly registration breaks even with
yearly registration at about eight months, and daily registration at 14
Scott Brown, a regulation and enforcement officer with Metro Vancouver,
says "The rationale for this is the health concern over diesel
emissions. Diesel emissions are responsible for 70 per cent of the
lifetime cancer risk that is associated with vehicle exhaust."
The new regulation will include a rebate program allowing Tier 0 and
Tier 1 engine owners to get back 80 per cent of their fees paid over the
last three years when they provide proof that they have decommissioned
their old engine, moved or sold it out of the Metro Vancouver area, or
upgraded it to Tier 2 standards.
The new regulation prohibits using the engine if the exhaust exceeds 20
per cent opacity. Tier 0 and Tier 1 engines may not be idled for more
than five minutes under the regulation except as necessary for operation
of the equipment, maintenance or for emergency purposes.
More information about the new regulations is available at the Metro Vancouver website.