California Rules Would Delay Emission Quotas

CARB avoids legal battle by delaying ZEV mandate two years.

Published: 15-Jan-2003

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's air quality board Friday recommended delaying until 2005 sales quotas on zero-emission vehicles that were supposed to be adopted this year.

The California Air Resources Board's original regulations required 10 percent of all new vehicles sold in California from this year to have zero or near zero emissions, with gradual increases to 16 percent by 2018.

Instead of fighting a court injunction to delay enactment of the zero-emission vehicle rule for two years, the board voluntarily pushed back the start date and reworded contentious language. The board will vote on the rules Feb. 27.

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