Metro Vancouver is tightening the rules for older non-road diesel engines, requiring owners of older forklifts, excavators and other engines to register their equipment by January 31, 2020.
Metro Vancouver requires all Tier 0 and Tier 1 non-road diesel engines, which have little-to-no emission controls, to be registered and labelled as part of its Non-Road Diesel Engine Emission Regulation Bylaw, introduced in 2012 to manage emissions and protect the region’s overall air quality.
Non-road diesel engines are commonly used in construction, industrial and commercial activities or are stationary machines that are not used for transportation on public roads. Failure to comply with the regulation could result in fines of up to $200,000. Tier 1 engines that have not been registered (including payment of fees), will not be able to operate after this date.
Metro Vancouver is leading the way in Canada with this regulation – these prohibitions are the strictest that Metro Vancouver has implemented to date. Since 2012, more than 4,000 older engines have been registered in the region. In order to operate in Metro Vancouver, engine owners must pay fees based on the engine Tier rating and horsepower. The registration and labelling requirements of the bylaw do not currently apply to newer Tier 2, Tier 3 or Tier 4 engines.
Information on the program, or to register older non-road diesel engines, can be found on Metro Vancouver’s website or through this video.