Sacramento, California – The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has backed off on tougher new regulations for emissions from off-road vehicles such as construction equipment, citing difficult economic times.

No enforcement will be taken for noncompliance of the regulations, which were to take effect on March 1, 2010.

“Over the last several years, the construction industry has felt the sting of the faltering economy with reduced activity and idled off-road equipment,” said James Goldstene, ARB executive officer. “This has made it difficult for contractors to pay for required clean-air upgrades to their fleets. Along with this reduced construction activity has been a corresponding reduction in construction emissions.”

The ARB said that it will hold a hearing on March 11 to help determine if the off-road regulations should be further modified to account for the down economy and subsequent reduction in emissions.

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