May 11, 2005 – New York City-owned vehicles, including diesel school buses, tour buses and sanitation trucks, will switch to low-emission and low-fuel consumption alternatives within the next four years under a series of bills signed into law Monday.
NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed five new air pollution laws, which the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) said constitutes "the most significant overhaul of the City's vehicle pollution laws in fifteen years."
In a press statement, NRDC said the measures would improve New York's air quality, while helping it meet US Environmental Protection Agency health standards for smog and soot levels.
The laws would also require the city's diesel-powered vehicles to burn ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, and the installation of "the most effective pollution control devices available." NRDC said that this could cut emissions by more than 90 percent.
An NRDC report published last month estimated that diesel fuel contributes to as many as 1,800 premature deaths each year in New York City.