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New rules for trucks in New York? Hochul says state has adopted final part of ‘Clean Truck Rule’

Governor Kathy Hochul says New York has hit a significant milestone in its effort to reduce truck emissions. It comes with the final adoption of New York’s Advanced Clean Truck Rule.

The regulations will be instrumental in helping the State achieve the ambitious targets of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) by phasing in the sales and use of zero-emission trucks and will reduce their harmful pollutants, the Governor said in a press release.

“New York continues to lead the nation in tackling the climate crisis, taking bold steps to end our reliance on fossil fuels and transition to clean energy,” Governor Hochul said. “The regulations we are adopting will help us cut pollution and emissions, kick-start the shift to clean electric trucks, and address the environmental injustices that have plagued too many communities across our state.”

The new Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) rule finalized by the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) requires manufacturers of vehicles greater than 8,500 pounds to sell an increasing number of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in New York State. The regulation complements New York’s recently adopted legislation that established a goal for 100 percent of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles offered for sale or lease, or sold, or leased, for registration in the State be zero-emission by 2045, where feasible. The ACT regulation will also result in substantial reductions of particulates, nitrogen oxides, and toxic pollutant emissions in disadvantaged communities that have been disproportionally impacted by diesel truck pollution.

“This past year, we have made incredible progress in implementing the requirements of the CLCPA and in taking real action to reduce the emissions driving climate change’s impacts and 2022 is off to a great start with the finalization of this regulation. It is a testament to the commitment the Governor is showing to achieving our climate goals and our ongoing work to help drastically reduce the pollution created by medium- and heavy-duty trucks on roadways across the State,” DEC Commissioner Basi Segos said.

New York was a signatory to a Multi-State ZEV Memorandum of Understanding in July 2020 establishing a commitment to work collaboratively together to advance and accelerate the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including large pickup trucks and vans, delivery trucks, box trucks, school and transit buses, and long-haul delivery trucks. New York joins California, New Jersey, Washington, and Oregon in adopting the ACT.