An updated bylaw is aiming to further reduce harmful emissions by encouraging owners to retrofit or retire their non-road diesel engines used in construction equipment and other machinery.
In October 2021, the Metro Vancouver Board adopted Non-Road Diesel Engine Emission Regulation Bylaw 1329, 2021, which builds on the existing non-road diesel engine regulatory program and will phase in additional requirements for all tiers of non-road diesel engines starting in 2023.
Key elements of this bylaw:
- Effective immediately, Tier 0 and Teir 1 engines must not be operated within 100 metres of hospitals, elementary schools, day cares, or community care facilities
- Emergency engines must be operated, inspected, and maintained to prevent impacts on nearby building occupants
- Operators must register Tier 2, Tier 3, and Tier 4 non-road diesel engines
- There are new moderate use categories and retirement rebates
- A new $2,000 fee for assessing novel emission reduction measure technologies
- New options for previously unregistered engines
Diesel emissions contribute to climate change and smog, and are associated with both short- and long-term health effects, including asthma, heart and respiratory diseases, and cancer.
Learn more about the bylaw and when changes take effect.