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Adopted 6 NYCRR Parts 218 and 200 Revised Rural Area Flexibility Analysis

1. Types and estimated numbers of rural areas:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) is amending 6 NYCRR Section 200.9 and 6 NYCRR Part 218 to incorporate California's latest revisions to its low emission vehicle (LEV) III greenhouse gas (GHG) program that clarify the deemed to comply provision for model years 2021-2025 into New York's existing LEV III program. These changes were adopted by California on December 12, 2018.

There are no requirements in the adopted regulation which apply only to rural areas. These changes apply to manufacturers' requirements for the manufacture and sale of vehicles sold in New York. The changes to these regulations may impact businesses involved in manufacturing, selling, purchasing, or repairing passenger cars or trucks.

The adopted changes are an addition to the current LEV III standards. The new motor vehicle emissions program has been in effect in New York State since model year 1993 for passenger cars and light-duty trucks, except for the 1995 model year, and the Department is unaware of any significant adverse impact to small businesses or local governments because of previous revisions. The beneficial emission reductions from the program accrue to all areas of the state.

2. Reporting, record keeping and other compliance requirements; and professional services:

There are no specific requirements in the adopted regulations which apply exclusively to rural areas. Reporting, record keeping and compliance requirements apply primarily to vehicle manufacturers, and to a lesser degree to automobile dealerships. Manufacturers reporting requirements mirror the California requirements, and are thus not expected to be burdensome. Dealerships do not have reporting requirements, but must maintain records to demonstrate that vehicles are California certified. This documentation is the same as documentation already required by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles for vehicle registration. This has been the case for more than two decades in New York.

Professional services are not anticipated to be necessary to comply with the adopted rules.

3. Costs:

The adopted amendments are not expected to have any impact on consumers.

4. Minimizing adverse impact:

The adopted changes will not adversely impact rural areas.

5. Rural area participation:

The Department held a public hearing in Albany, NY on March 11, 2019. Additionally, there was a public comment period in which interested parties could submit written comments.


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