Oregon state agencies encourage medium- and heavy-duty vehicle owners to prepare early for diesel retrofit compliance


March 22, 2022 

PORTLAND, Ore. – “Get Ready!” is the message the Department of Environmental Quality, and the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Driver & Motor Vehicle Services Division and Commerce and Compliance Division want to convey to motor carriers and owners of certain diesel-powered vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 14,000 lbs. DEQ’s new Diesel Retrofit Compliance Program provides an option to renew vehicle registration if the vehicle is subject to the Jan. 1, 2023 registration renewal phase-out. Preparing now will allow time for motor carriers and diesel-powered vehicle owners to get equipment evaluated and access the approved retrofit technology.

In 2019, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2007 to help reduce pollution on the state’s roadways and protect the health of our most vulnerable populations. It states that beginning in 2023, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles powered by a 1996 or older diesel engine and with an owner address in Clackamas, Multnomah and/or Washington counties may not renew registrations unless they are equipped with approved retrofit technology and certified by DEQ.

Those with questions about registrations or exemptions of medium-duty vehicles should contact Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services Division at 503-945-5000. Questions about heavy-duty vehicle registrations or exemptions should go to the ODOT – Commerce and Compliance Division at CCDHB2007Inquiries@odot.state.or.us or 503-378-6699.

For more details, please go to the press release at https://go.usa.gov/xzv3V

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