How to Deal with the New Diesel Emission Laws

Diesel engines offer a variety of important advantages that common gasoline engines cannot match. Diesel engines tend to last longer, as diesel fuel is less damaging to the machinery, provided that proper upkeep is maintained. For this reason, diesel engines can travel several hundred thousand miles on the road. Diesel engines also boast superior fuel efficiency. These factors explain why diesel engines have become standard in trucks that must bear heavy usage.

But the benefits of diesel also comes with a serious downside. These types of engines can emit unacceptable levels of harmful pollutants. As a result, some localities have passed stringent guidelines in recent years that require operators of diesel vehicles to minimize the amount of contaminants that their engines emit. This trend obviously has direct relevance to anyone employed in the auto transport or trucking industries. People who work in these industries have options to help them adhere to these regulations and operate in a responsible manner.

Diesel engines produce a variety of emissions, including carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides , and particulate matter. It’s no secret that these engine products are widely considered toxic to the environment—the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has even named diesel exhaust one of the biggest existing hazards to public health—and a variety of regulations have been implemented to deal with this problem.

One example is the California Statewide Truck and Bus Rule (2008), a measure instituted by that state’s regulators to require diesel vehicles to reduce emissions of particulate matter to an acceptable level. This law has forced many California drivers, principally those who operate older vehicles, to replace or retrofit their diesel engines. Emission standards vary according to location, but there is a mounting trend to crack down on vehicles that produce substantial amounts of pollutants.

In order to comply with these increasingly strict rules, many operators of diesel vehicles have taken to using particulate filters. These devices reduce emissions by removing particulate matter from the vehicle’s exhaust. When properly maintained, diesel particulate filters sharply reduce the amount of pollutants released by the engine into the air—usually by more than enough to meet emissions standards.

Diesel particulate filters come in different sizes, styles, and types, which bring up a simple question: Which one is best for any given vehicle? The answer depends on the emission laws relevant to the region in which the vehicle is operated as well as the engine itself.  To determine the correct filter to use, many drivers and vehicle maintenance professionals turn to diesel emission data loggers; devices specifically created to measure engine exhaust temperature. A well-designed diesel emission data logger comes with a range of useful features, such as LED alarms and the ability to store large amounts of recorded information. This type of data allows users to determine whether a particular filter is doing its job correctly—an important consideration in localities with strict emission rules.

Company Bio

Founded in 1996, MadgeTech, Inc. is dedicated to the development and manufacture of high-quality data loggers and related accessories. Distributed worldwide, the company’s line of products includes temperature, humidity, motion, voltage, water level, and wind loggers, among others. MadgeTech is based in Warner, New Hampshire.