HEALDSBURG – State air-quality regulators and factory representatives briefed local businesses on new regulations and retrofit options as some older diesel-powered vehicles must be retired in the next two years.

More than 100 Sonoma County businesses came to hear Brandon Rose, air pollution specialist with the California Air Resources Board; Anthony Fournier, supervising environmental planner with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District; and Peter Tuckerman, president of Sacramento-based equipment vendor and servicer Emissions Retrofit Group.

A representative from a manufacturer of diesel particulate filters, or DPF, presented available technologies. Under the truck and bus regulations, a DPF filter can be installed under certain circumstances, which allows a vehicle to operate longer before mandatory retirement.

The two-hour event Oct. 8 gave local business owners an opportunity to learn first-hand about regulations that affect diesel-powered truck and bus vehicles operating in the state with a gross vehicle weight rating, or GVWR, that exceeds 14,000 pounds.  Questions focused on timelines for compliance and enforcement.

To help equipment owners with the financial impact of replacing vehicles, a state representative presented an overview of the Voucher Incentive Program, which is designed to give small-fleet owners in the Bay Area financial assistance. Approximately $2.4 million is allocated to this program on a first come, first served basis.

Owners of diesel-powered equipment or vehicles may qualify for DPFs, vouchers, straight replacement or retirement schedules based on fleet averaging.

Opperman & Son hosted the briefing in Healdsburg. The company displayed a variety of late-model trucks, some with DPF technology, that meet current emission requirements as well as interchangeable service bodies, or Swaploaders, displayed as an alternative to purchasing multiple vehicles.

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Zach Baurer is general manager of Opperman & Son, an independent dealer of heavy and medium-duty used trucks, trailers, parts and services based in Healdsburg.  For compliance options, call 707-433-4421 or visit www.oppermansales.com.