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.


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.