Rent Smart: ARA seminars center on California regulations

As California’s In-Use Off-Road Diesel-Fueled Fleet regulations take effect for all equipment owners of off-road diesel construction equipment, the American Rental Association is presenting in-depth training seminars to help rental dealers and others understand and comply with the new state law.

Beginning June 15, California rental fleet owners of off-road construction equipment with an engine over 25 horsepower which is fueled by any type of diesel fuel are required to register their vehicles with the state and comply with “averaging requirements” for emissions of particulate matter and NOx.

Target dates for emissions reduction level compliance are staggered according to the size of a fleet (determined by the total horsepower of each piece of equipment) and the tier engine-type of each vehicle. There is no fee for registering with the California Air Resources Board but failure to comply with California’s regulations can result in substantial fines, according to John McClelland, vice-president of government affairs for ARA. “Not complying with this regulation is not an option,” says McClelland.

The six-hour ARA/Air Reg. Workshop sessions will be held in mid-July in northern California for rental owners, operators and is also available to non-member contractors as space allows. The registration fee of $125 per person includes training materials and lunch. ARA anticipates conducting more sessions in Northern and Southern California as needed. Contact Callie Jennings at ARA 800-334-2177 x242 or email at [email protected] for dates and locations.

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