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Friday, 05 July 2019 17:44

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Bills to Exempt Emissions Testing

Written by Shelly Stallsmith, York Daily Record

Have a car that is under eight years old?


It will no longer be required to pass an annual emissions test if a package of bills that passed the Pennsylvania Senate does the same in the House of Representatives.


Right now, gas-powered cars, vans and light trucks registered in Pennsylvania that are model year 1975 and newer must be tested each year.


Since the requirement started in 2011, less than 4 percent of all vehicles failed the test according to a Senate release. Half of the failing vehicles are under eight years old.


In addition to exempting vehicles newer than eight years, the package of bills also changes the emission testing to every two years; removes Blair, Cambria, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer and Westmoreland counties from testing requirements; replaces tests in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia regions for vehicles made from 1992 to ’95 and light-duty trucks after 1996; and extend the date for emissions inspection stations to get new equipment from Nov. 1, 2019 to July 1, 2021.


We thank the York Daily Record for reprint permission.



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