New deadline to register Non-Road Diesel Engines

New deadline to register Non-Road Diesel Engines
Metro Vancouver is stepping up outreach activities to remind the public to register their older, non-road diesel engines.
The outreach is related to the region’s Non-Road Diesel Engine Emission Regulation Bylaw, introduced in 2012 to manage emissions from diesel engines larger than 25 horsepower, such as those in excavators, forklifts, and generators. The Bylaw required the registration and labelling of Tier 0 engines by the end of 2014 while the deadline for Tier 1 engines is January 31, 2020. Unregistered engines will be prohibited from operating in the region after this date.
Exhaust from diesel engines is a leading air quality threat to human health in Metro Vancouver. The particulate matter emissions, sometimes referred to as “diesel soot,” are classified as fine particulate matter (PM2.5), which can be inhaled and become embedded in the lungs or pass directly into the blood stream. Diesel particulate matter is linked to premature death and a number of heart and lung diseases, and the World Health Organization has classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans. In addition, diesel soot contributes to climate change.
Under the Bylaw, registered engine owners pay fees based on age and horsepower, and these fees have escalated over time to provide an incentive to phase out the oldest, highest-emitting engines. The registration and labelling requirements of the bylaw do not currently apply to newer Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 engines.
The outreach will inform non-road diesel engine owners and operators of the registration deadline for Tier 1 engines and answer questions about the potential future directions for the Bylaw from engine owners contemplating replacing any engines currently required to register under the Bylaw.