What You Should Know About California's Ban on Sales of Gas-Powered Outdoor Tools
The law would limit the sale of gas chainsaws, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and more as early as 2024
California residents may not be able to buy new gasoline-powered outdoor power equipment after January 2024.
A recently signed state law will effectively ban the sale of new gasoline-powered tools within the next few years in an effort to curb air pollution. The law applies primarily to landscaping equipment, including chainsaws, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and string trimmers.
The law was proposed by Assemblyman Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park), and signed by Governor Gavin Newsom. California is the first state to legislate such a wide-reaching measure. On a local level, many municipalities in other states have banned certain gas tools, both because of emissions and noise. The California law would also apply to professional landscapers and gardeners, and the state has allocated $30 million to help these businesses make the transition.
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