Oregon’s Diesel Retrofit Compliance Program Deadlines Approaching
If you operate in the Portland metro area and own an older medium- or heavy-duty diesel vehicle, it is important to stay up-to-date on the latest emissions requirements to ensure that you remain in compliance. In this post, we provide up-to-date info on the upcoming deadlines and which vehicles will be impacted.
If you are a regular reader of our blog, you may recall our previous post “Breaking Down Oregon’s Diesel Retrofit Compliance Program”. Since then, the Oregon Diesel Retrofit Compliance Program has continued to evolve in its efforts to reduce pollution and improve air quality in the state.
Oregon’s Diesel Retrofit Compliance Program requires diesel vehicles to meet certain emission standards, which vary depending on the vehicle’s weight, age, and usage. The goal of the program is to reduce the amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions produced by diesel engines, which are major contributors to air pollution and have negative health impacts.
One aspect of the program is the requirement for retrofitting older diesel vehicles with emission-reduction technology. This can include adding diesel particulate filters (DPFs), diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs), or other emission control devices to existing vehicles. The program provides financial incentives to help offset the cost of retrofitting, making it more accessible to vehicle owners.
Oregon’s Diesel Retrofit Compliance Program has significant benefits, including reducing the impact of diesel emissions on public health and the environment. However, retrofitting a diesel engine can be expensive, especially for small businesses and municipalities. Therefore, the DEQ’s Diesel Emissions Mitigation Grant Program provides grant funding to support the purchase of retrofit systems, as well as cleaner-burning engines and diesel equipment replacements. Eligible vehicle owners can receive grant funding that covers up to 100% of the retrofit cost.
However, it is important to note that some deadlines for compliance have already passed. For example, as of January 1st, 2023, owners of 1996 or older diesel vehicles may not be able to register their vehicles unless they have been retrofitted to comply with emission standards.
By January 1st, 2025, medium-duty trucks manufactured before 2009 and heavy-duty trucks manufactured before 2006 must comply with emission standards to be registered. Otherwise, they won’t be eligible for registration.
The medium-duty category encompasses box trucks, flatbeds, and service trucks with a GVWR between 14,001 to 26,000 lbs.
Heavy-duty vehicles such as tractor-trailer trucks have a GVWR exceeding 26,000 lbs.
Hence, it’s crucial to plan and ensure compliance before the deadline if you own a truck in these categories.
The Retrofit Process
DES Portland will assess your vehicle and determine which retrofit system is best suited to it. Once the retrofit system is installed, the application for DEQ certification is submitted, which shows that the retrofit meets the requirement of at least an 85% reduction of emissions. After receiving electronic DEQ certification, vehicle owners can renew their registration with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)..
At Diesel Emissions Services (DES), we have a proven track record of installing over 18,000 retrofits across the US, including California. Our Portland, OR location is fully equipped with a DPF cleaning facility and a comprehensive inventory of aftertreatment parts to service emissions systems.
Our experienced retrofit installers have the knowledge and equipment to cater to all your retrofit needs. We take pride in serving heavy-duty diesel fleets and equipment operators in Oregon to help create a cleaner and healthier environment for generations to come.
Take Action Sooner Than Later
To avoid any last-minute rush and potential non-compliance, it is recommended to start the process of scheduling your retrofit as soon as possible. It is important to keep in mind that the DEQ certification process can take up to three months, so do not wait until the deadline is near to begin the process.
Taking timely action will give you the necessary buffer time to complete the retrofit process and avoid any penalties for non-compliance.
The Diesel Retrofit Compliance Program in Oregon is an important initiative that aims to reduce harmful emissions from diesel vehicles and improve air quality in the state. While some compliance deadlines have already passed, there are still opportunities to retrofit older diesel vehicles to comply with emission standards. It is important to stay up to date with the program’s requirements and deadlines and take proactive steps to ensure that your diesel vehicle is compliant.
If you own a medium-duty truck older than 2009 or a heavy-duty truck older than 2006, make sure to take action now to meet the upcoming 2025 deadline.
By doing so, you can help contribute to a cleaner, healthier environment for all.
Don’t wait to begin the process! Scheduling your retrofit can take time, and DEQ can take up to three months to provide certification.
Key dates for 2023 for grant funding:
The estimated dates of the grant application and deadlines are below. These are subject to change based on the timing and availability of funds and the schedule of implementation tasks.
April 3, 2023: The grant program opened for applications.
June 6,DEADLINE EXTENDED to JULY 6th, 2023: The grant program closes for applications.
Aug. 15, 2023: Grant awards will be announced.
Jan. 15, 2024: Funding for projects becomes available.
Need more information?
You can also learn about DEQ Oregon’s grant program and how to secure funding to improve your fleet’s emission reductions and bring those older diesel vehicles into compliance by visiting the Oregon Retrofit Compliance page.
If you have any retrofit-related questions, feel free to contact Jeff Wells, our Retrofit Manager at DES Portland, by calling 844-556-3150or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DES Portland can help you plan for these upcoming regulations and vehicle restrictions arriving in both 2025 and 2029.
To learn about DEQ Oregon’s Grant program go on over to our Oregon Diesel Grants page. Learn all about how to apply for retrofit grants. Get help reducing your fleet’s emissions and getting those older diesel vehicles into compliance.
Contact our Retrofit Manager, Jeff Wells. Jeff is a trained retrofit facilitator and main contact for retrofits. He is based in Oregon to expressly help fleets and operators with installation questions, estimates, and pre-application assistance.
We are honored to assist heavy-duty diesel fleets and equipment operators in the State of Oregon to help improve air quality and the environment for future generations.
Diesel Emissions Services (DES) has the expertise, diesel technicians, and facilities to successfully install your fleet’s retrofits. We’ve installed well over 18k retrofits in California and across the United States. We have relationships with a wide range of approved retrofit suppliers.
Our Portland, OR location also features a complete DPF Cleaning facility and a full inventory of aftertreatment parts for servicing your emissions systems for years to come.
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