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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: January 8, 2024 12:00 PM
From: Representative Martin T. Causer
To: All House members
Subject: Abrogating Expensive California Truck Regulation
In the early 2000s, The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board adopted by reference a California regulation regarding a control program for diesel emissions for heavy-duty vehicles, meaning larger trucks typically used for commercial purposes.
DEP has unfortunately been interpreting our Pennsylvania regulation to mean that we also automatically adopt any changes which California may make to their regulation. A recently enacted change to California’s rule regarding vehicle warranty provisions means that the price of purchasing these heavy-duty vehicles starting in 2022 has increased by up to several thousand dollars per vehicle.
Forcing Pennsylvania businesses to comply with this mandate has placed an unnecessary strain on those involved in the trucking industry in the Commonwealth, for no discernible environmental benefit. The impact of the change in the regulation has been to encourage those in Pennsylvania who will be purchasing new heavy-duty vehicles to cross state lines to purchase them in one of our neighboring states without this provision in place.
My legislation will abrogate these burdensome regulations and make clear that Pennsylvania will follow federal regulatory standards. Please join me in cosponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB1978