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The Importance of Diesel Emissions Control

There are many different types of diesel cars, trucks and sports utility vehicles on the road, however there are an equal number of off-road vehicles, recreational vehicles, motors, generators and heavy equipment that operates using diesel fuel. Managing diesel emissions control programs is a major part of most environmental agencies as often these huge motors produce more than their fair share of the emissions that cause smog, pollution, greenhouse gases and environmental damage.

Diesel emissions control in major centers has become very focused on developing newer, cleaner burning and low-sulfur content diesel fuels. One of the many options is to use bio-diesel, a product that can be made through recycling and refining different types of oils, including old used cooking oil. Restaurants and food production facilities now dump thousands of gallons of this oil a day, so using it as a recyclable and environmentally friendly part of a diesel emissions control program makes sense as well as saves money.

Other major centers have looked at providing grants and incentives for programs that decrease the idling time of diesel motors to provide a voluntary but effective diesel emissions control option. This can include programs that limit the hours of operation of diesel motors, especially those used in construction. Owners and operators are rewarded for efficiently using the diesel engine while it is running, and avoiding additional idling time where exhaust is being produced but the equipment is just sitting. New routes for buses and trains that decrease time spent sitting at stops can also really cut down on emissions with just a bit of a change to passengers and commuters.

Keeping the diesel motor running in top condition and upgrading valves and seals throughout the system can also help in diesel emissions control both on a small and large scale. Some states such as Texas and California offer grant incentive programs for owners and operators of heavy diesel vehicles or motors that want to upgrade their engines to provide more fuel efficiency. These programs are typically voluntary and are done on an application basis. However there are also programs in place where drivers can report vehicles, both diesel and gas burning, which are obviously polluting the environment. Once a vehicle has been reported the owner will need to have the vehicle inspected and brought up to acceptable standards to pass an inspection. In some areas where these programs are in place grants and vouchers are available if the vehicle does not pass the inspection and the owner can demonstrate that he or she needs financial assistance to repair the vehicle.