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MSC #98-25
September 21, 1998
 
Dear Sir or Madam:

Re: AIR RESOURCES BOARD'S (ARB) PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE ON-ROAD AND OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLE REGULATIONS
You are invited to the second public workshop to discuss amendments we are proposing for the existing on-road and off-road motorcycle regulations (Title 13, California Code of Regulations, Section 1958). This workshop will provide a follow-up discussion of the issues, proposed standards, and other information developed after the first workshop, held in El Monte, California, on July 1, 1998. While this workshop will focus mainly on the on-road motorcycle regulation, please note that we will also be discussing proposed minor changes to the off-road motorcycle regulation.
California continues to have high levels of air pollution known as "smog." Federal and State laws require the ARB to implement programs to reduce smog-forming pollutants as expeditiously as possible. On-road motorcycles are currently subject to emission standards which reflect technologies that are about 15 years old. Based on recent technology developments, the ARB has identified on-road motorcycles as a potential source of additional, cost-effective emission reductions. Therefore, these proposed amendments, combined with other programs under development for a wide variety of vehicular and non-vehicular pollutant sources, are intended to reduce smog-forming emissions to the levels required by Federal and State law.
Our goal is to establish on-road motorcycle emission standards that incorporate current and developing emission control technologies while minimizing the regulation's impacts on consumers, retailers, and manufacturers. After the July 1 workshop, we met with several manufacturers and the Motorcycle Industry Council at their request to discuss their concerns. We have consequently revised our proposal and will seek comments on the revised proposal at this workshop.
In addition, we would like to discuss changes to the off-road motorcycle regulation to provide additional flexibility to consumers and manufacturers. No changes to the existing emission standards for off-road motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are being considered. However, some modifications to the regulation have been deemed necessary. Specifically, we will be proposing the adoption of a regional/seasonal usage allowance for non-certified, off-road motorcycles and ATVs.
Because you are a stakeholder in California business and environmental programs, your input is important to us. Therefore, we are holding this second workshop to discuss our proposals with you and any concerns or suggestions you may have. The workshop will be held at the following date and location:

On-Road and Off-Road Motorcycle Proposed Amendments -- Second Workshop

October 7, 1998
10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
ARB Haagen-Smit Laboratory
Auditorium (Annex 4)
9528 Telstar Avenue
El Monte, CA  91734-8001

Please note that we plan to finalize our proposals for the Board's consideration and adoption at the December 10-11, 1998, Board Hearing in Sacramento, California.
I look forward to discussing our proposals with you. If you have any questions, please contact James Ryden, Administrative Law Judge, at (916) 324-7346, or Floyd Vergara, Staff Air Pollution Specialist, at (916) 327-1503.

Sincerely,
 
 
Robert H. Cross, Chief
Mobile Source Control Division
cc: James Ryden, EO/OLA
  Jim Shears, MSCD
  Floyd Vergara, MSCD
  Jackie Lourenco, MSCD


WORKSHOP AGENDA

Revised Proposal for On-Road Motorcycles and Open Discussion

10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch

1:00 p.m. -- 2:00 p.m.

Off-Road Motorcycle Proposed Revisions and Open Discussion

2:00 p.m. -- 3:30 p.m.

Adjourn          3:30 p.m.

 

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