California Bans Sale of Small Off Road Engines - AB1346

Just heard that California is banning the sale (not use) of small off road engines (SORE) effectively ~2024. It sounds like the primary focus is for lawn equipment, but isn’t clear to me if kart engines would be included or not. Thoughts?

It also seems like the state board has until July 2022 to provide more scope on the actual regulations, but it would have a big impact to karting companies operating in the state.

LInk to bill - AB1346

“The ban covers all engines that produce less than 25 gross horsepower, including lawn mowers, weed trimmers, chain saws, golf carts, specialty vehicles, generators and pumps. It does not apply to on-road motor vehicles, off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, model airplanes, or cars.”


So the best way around this is to buy a higher horsepower 2 stroke kart engine?

Ahh California, its a great place to be FROM!

Sounds mainly like consumer appliances like mowers etc. They pretty specifically excluded things we drive for work/fun. This does screw over these guys tho: