A legislative threat to our Emissions Inspection program has resurfaced in the PA House of Representatives.
10 Year Exemption on Emissions Inspections
House Bill 1614
Legislation (H.B. 1614) has been reintroduced in Pennsylvania to extend the emissions inspection exemption to vehicles never before registered in the state or any other jurisdiction for ten years from the date of original registration.
Here is the text of the legislation:
H.B. 1614 fails to consider the air quality science behind our vehicle emissions inspection program. Ozone action days are a clear indicator that ground level ozone is a persistent problem in our state. Ground level ozone is caused in part from vehicle emissions.
H.B. 1614 does not acknowledge that the emissions inspection program drives vehicle maintenance by creating awareness of air quality issues in our state. This awareness leads vehicle owners to repair faulty emissions system components so that the vehicle will operate more efficiently and cleanly, and will pass the inspection.
H.B. 1614 legislation is currently in the House Transportation Committee and there is no immediate need for you to act now. But ASA-PA wants you to be aware of this legislation. We want you to know that we are watching for any further developments and will alert you if action on your part is needed.
In the meantime, keep watching for emails from ASA-PA. And remember to attend your local chapter meetings, where you can be sure to receive the latest news from ASA-PA.