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Thursday, 07 October 2021 22:02

ASA Opposes PA Bill to Exempt Certain Vehicles from Emissions Inspections

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The Pennsylvania State Senate is considering Senate Bill (SB) 777, a bill that would exempt vehicles five years and newer from the requirements of emissions inspections. 

This legislation would have a significant negative effect on the Pennsylvania vehicle emissions inspection and maintenance (I/M) program that serves to keep Pennsylvania’s air cleaner.

 

In addition to harming air quality, the legislation would hurt the approximately 7,000 emissions stations in Pennsylvania, many of which are small, independent businesses that provide jobs across the state. 

 

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is encouraging Pennsylvania shops to take action by contacting their state senators opposing SB 777. ASA asks that Pennsylvania repair shops click here and send a letter in opposition to SB 777 to their state senators.

 

In a letter to the state senate, Ross Colket, president of ASA Pennsylvania, said:

 

“This legislation would decimate the Commonwealth’s Vehicle Emissions Inspection and Maintenance program, adversely impact hundreds of Pennsylvania small business owners, and threaten compliance with the federal Clean Air Act. The proposed changes in SB 777 not only put the health, safety and welfare of all Commonwealth residents at risk, but likewise jeopardizes hundreds of millions of dollars of federal funds for violating federal law.”

 

Not only does the proposed bill harm small businesses across the state, it potentially places an unfair burden on the consumer. Annual vehicle inspection and testing of all vehicles ensure emissions control systems are working properly. Without mandatory emission testing, vehicle owners can...


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