Non-Road Diesel Engine Emission Regulation Bylaw 1329, 2021
Diesel particulate matter (DPM) contributes to climate change and reduced visibility and is associated with both short and long-term health effects, including asthma, heart and respiratory diseases and cancer.
To further reduce DPM emissions and address harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) produced by all tiers of non-road diesel engines, in October 2021 the Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) Board adopted Bylaw 1329, which repealed and replaced MVRD Non-Road Diesel Engine Emission Regulation Bylaw No. 1161, 2012 (Bylaw 1161).
The new non-road diesel engine emission bylaw includes:
Effective immediately, Tier 0 and Tier 1 engines must not be operated within 100 metres of hospitals, elementary schools, day cares or community care facilities (referred to as “sensitive receptors”). The elderly, young children, and other at-risk individuals are particularly vulnerable to the impacts from high emitting Tier 0 and Tier 1 engines.
Emergency engine requirements. Emergency engines don’t require labeling or registration, but must be operated, inspected and maintained to prevent impacts on nearby building occupants.
Registration and labelling requirements for Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 non-road diesel engines. While each newer non-road diesel engine emits less DPM and NOx than a Tier 0 or Tier 1 engine, collectively these engines emit quantities considered a threat to human health and the environment.
Operators must register their:
- Tier 2 engines starting January 1, 2023;
- Tier 3 engines starting January 1, 2024; and
- Tier 4 engines starting January 1, 2029.
Metro Vancouver is working on registration system updates and will notify registrants when the system is available to register these engine tiers.
Registration requirements for different engine tiers in Metro Vancouver timeline
|November 2020 – April 2021||2021||January 1, 2023||January 1, 2024||Starting in 2029|
|Engagement on proposed expansion of the bylaw||MVRD Board approves new Non-Road Diesel Engine Emission Regulation Bylaw 1329||Tier 2 engines must be registered to operate||Tier 3 engines must be registered to operate; Tier 0 and Tier 1 new fee structure||Tier 4 engines must be registered to operate|
Adjustments to the fee structure. Fees now take into account both DPM and NOx, and are a better reflection of an engine’s potential health impacts based on emission standards.
Bylaw 1329 fee schedule
|Annual Fee Rate||2021||2022||2023||2024||2025||2026||2027||2028||2029
Tier 0 $/HP||20.00||20.00||20.00||33.79||39.42||45.05||50.69||56.32||57.44|
Tier 1 $/HP||10.00||10.00||10.00||12.56||14.65||16.74||18.83||20.92||21.35|
Tier 2 $/HP||0.00||0.00||1.55||2.45||4.71||5.38||8.44||9.38||9.57|
Tier 3 $/HP||0.00||0.00||0.00||1.65||3.22||3.68||5.80||6.44||6.57|
Tier 4 $/HP||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.94|
Shaded areas indicate that additional surcharges will apply for not previously registered engines. Installing an approved emission reduction measure can reduce fees.
See example calculations below on the impact of fee changes. Metro Vancouver is working on an update to the non-road diesel engine tier and fee calculator, and will notify registrants when the system is updated.