Is the CNG Conversion industry being hit too hard by the Regulation Hammer?
One of the biggest concerns people have about converting to natural gas is the cost and the legality of the conversion. The cost varies depending on the system and tank used, but the legality of Natural Gas conversions as a whole is still up for debate depending on who you talk to and that persons perspective or special interest.
An EPA regulator for example may say, if asked if CNG conversions are regulated “why of course you should make sure that all your conversions should pass all EPA regulations (if you can understand them?) and are blessed by the beloved EPA. As everyone knows the EPA has our best interests at heart, they always make all of their regulations and mandates as user friendly as possible. Their goal has always been to help promote small business and everyone has a high opinion of them. NOT……
As with most governmental agencies and their minions they spew out incomprehensible technobabble in the form of regulations. Then if you don’t comply or comprehend these regulations there is always a hefty fine for your troubles (or so they say). When a mechanic thinks about Natural Gas conversions they will ask about the year of the vehicle its engine size and considers what type of system would be best suited for that vehicle.
The question of fueling and tank placement will come up but the issue of EPA regulators is far from a mechanics mind. A mechanic is a problem solver a bureaucrat is a problem producer. Mechanics get paid to solve problems, the more problems they solve the more money they make, on the other hand a bureaucrat is more valuable to his agency and is able to inflate his budget and salary by spawning more regulations. So in this case there are people who get paid to solve problems and there are people who get paid to create problems. (at least for business owners)
Now just wait a minute, bureaucrats solve problems like global warming, human and animal rights, safety in the workplace, drug trafficking, homeland security, tax collecting,letter delivery and the list goes on and on. I should say that some governmental agencies are more beloved or least feared than others but on the whole they create more problems than they solve.
In the United States we have the Bureaucratic cart before the CNG converting horse. CNG Conversions can’t survive the hard blows from the regulation hammer, we need to put the producers at the front of the CNG conversion industry with safe NFPA 52 standards and just don’t assume that just because a person wants to do a CNG Conversion that they are doing something criminal….