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Planned change of emissions regulation in California

A public hearing about a planned revision of the Procedures for Exemption of Add-On and Modified Parts, which modify vehicle emission performance has been announced in California.

According to the California Vehicle Code (Section 27156), „No person shall install, sell, offer for sale, or advertise any device, apparatus, or mechanism intended for use with, or as a part of, a required motor vehicle pollution control device or system that alters or modifies the original design or performance of the motor vehicle pollution control device or system.”

However, an exemption from this ban can be granted by the Air Resources Board if the modification:

The legal basis for the exemption procedure is the regulation called Procedures for Exemption of Add-On and Modified Parts. Now the regulation may be revised and the Air Resources Board has announced a public hearing with regard to the planned modification of the regulation. The planned changes will cover, among others, 1) Application Submission Requirements, 2) Evaluation and Testing Criteria, 3) Test Vehicle or Engine Selection and Testing, and 4) Action on Application.

The public hearing will take place on 23 July 2020 and the notice about it is available under the following link.

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