Last year, we cheered the passage of SB 210 (authored by Senator Connie Leyva), which will create a smog check program for heavy duty trucks similar to the one that already exists for passenger vehicles.
But in his May revise of the budget, Governor Newsom proposed eliminating $1.77 million dedicated to implementation of the new ‘smog check’ program for heavy duty vehicles, along with a proposal to pass a trailer bill pushing back the deadline for implementation one year.
There simply isn’t time to wait: over 90% of Californians are impacted by unhealthy air, and heavy-duty trucks are responsible for 82% of California’s diesel particulate matter (PM 2.5) and 58% of smog-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from mobile sources.
The urgency of cleaning up California’s air is especially magnified now, when our lungs and other vital organs are under attack by a respiratory virus. The same disadvantaged communities of color who are disproportionately harmed by air pollution are also disproportionately affected by coronavirus.
We need your help.
Email Governor Newsom, your state Assemblymember, and your state Senator today and urge the adoption of a trailer bill to SB 210 that will confirm a July 1, 2022 deadline for our state’s smog check program for heavy-duty trucks.
After you contact your legislators, share this action alert and our letter on behalf of 17 organizations asking California’s leadership not to delay SB 210.