Outboard Emission decals
The main purpose of labels is to educate consumers. ARB wants consumers to be able to make informed choices concerning engine emissions when they are shopping for watercraft. Water agencies that worked with ARB in developing the watercraft regulations supported labels. The labels are an additional tool water agencies can use to reduce pollution in areas where water quality is a special concern.
The new boating regulation that took effect in June 1999 at Lake Tahoe is an example of how labels can give a water agency an alternative to blanket boating bans or restrictions. Lake Tahoe authorities were considering a complete ban on all two-stroke engines because of water-quality concerns. However, the Lake Tahoe regulation, as finally enacted, will allow the use of engines with ARB labels. ARB expects that new direct-injection two-stroke engines will meet ARB requirements and will receive labels. Those engines would not have been allowed on Lake Tahoe under the earlier proposal that would have banned all two-stroke marine engines in that region.
New Standards for Cleaner Watercraft" and "Watercraft Labeling.
United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and other countries adopt similar laws.