Newsom Bans Gas Blowers and Mowers

Photo AB1346 bans gaspowered lawn equipment.

Newsom Bans Gas Blowers and Mowers

Sun Staff Reports

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1346 into law last Saturday. The new law will ban the sale of small gas-powered off road engines used in lawn mowers, leaf blowers and other garden equipment by Jan. 1, 2024. The law also calls for new portable gas-powered generators to be zero-emission by 2028.

Proponents of the bill say that these engines produce a similar amount of smog-causing pollution as compact passenger cars. They point out that Californians use 16.7 million of these small engines on mowers and leaf blowers, some three million more than the number of compact cars on the road today. California points out that a gas-powered leaf blower running for one-hour spews as many pollutants as a 2017 Toyota Camry does on a 1,100-mile road trip.

Alameda City Council was already considering a ban on leaf blowers (“Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers on City Council Agenda” April 6).