Metro Vancouver Diesel Emissions Study Confirms Most Trucks are Clean and Getting Cleaner, says BCTA

For immediate release: 
Apr 11, 2013

Langley, British Columbia— A remote sensing study of truck emissions in the Metro Vancouver region conducted in the summer and fall of 2012 confirms the BC Trucking Association’s (BCTA) position that a mandatory AirCare-like emissions testing program for trucks would be wasteful and unnecessary.

The study, entitled Remote Sensing Device Trial for Monitoring Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions, concluded that most trucks tested are operating within the standards mandated for with their particular engine year and that emissions from newer trucks reflect the increasingly stringent engine emissions standards that were introduced in the 1990s and tightened significantly in 2007 and again in 2010. The study was commissioned by Metro Vancouver in collaboration with the Fraser Valley Regional District, AirCare, Port Metro Vancouver and the BC ministries of Environment and Transportation & Infrastructure.

“The Metro Vancouver study confirms what we already knew,” said Louise Yako, BCTA President and CEO. “The diesel engine emissions standards introduced in 1994 and tightened further in 1998, 2004, 2007 and 2010 are yielding impressive results in terms of reduced air emissions from trucks with diesel engines.”

Since the 2007 model year, heavy duty diesel trucks have been equipped with highly advanced emission reduction technologies which, combined with low-sulphur fuel, filter out 90 percent of particulate emissions (compared to model year 1989 engines). With model year 2010, the next phase of emission reduction came into effect resulting in the virtual elimination of hydrocarbon (HC) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. BCTA estimates that model year 2007 and newer trucks currently account for 35 percent of the heavy duty truck fleet across the province. BCTA further estimates, based on a fleet replacement rate of 5.5 percent per year, model year 2007 and newer trucks will make up more than half (52%) of all heavy duty trucks in BC by 2015 and 63% of the fleet by 2017.

“A large-scale AirCare-like emissions testing program for trucks would impose unreasonable costs on the industry and produce very limited results,” added Yako, pointing to an emissions testing program for heavy duty trucks in Ontario which has produced a failure rate of less than four percent. “As older trucks are retired and replaced with newer, cleaner trucks, diesel emissions will naturally decline over time, making an onerous and expensive testing program unnecessary.”

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BCTA, a member-based, non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization, is the recognised voice of the provincial motor carrier industry, representing over 1,200 truck and motor coach fleets and over 250 suppliers to the industry. BCTA members operate over 13,000 vehicles, employ 26,000 people, and generate over $2 billion in revenue annually in the province.

For more information, please contact: Louise Yako, President & CEO
604- 888-5319   Mobile: 604-787-1335   Toll free: 1-800-565-2282