Thursday, 07 October 2021 22:02

ASA Opposes PA Bill to Exempt Certain Vehicles from Emissions Inspections


...go unaware their car is malfunctioning---harming air quality and increasing the possibility that they will have to pay costly repair fees. 


The changes in SB 777 would create one of the longest exemptions of any inspection program in the nation. While some states exempt new vehicles from emissions testing for two, four and now five years, industry data on actual vehicle deterioration indicates that from age four and longer, the need for repair grows substantially.


The five-year exemption proposed in SB 777 potentially violates compliance with Clean Air Act federal air quality standards and jeopardizes millions of dollars in funds for violating federal law.  


There is general acknowledgment throughout the automotive repair industry there is room for improvement and modernization of the Commonwealth’s Vehicle Emissions I/M program. However, if enacted, SB 777 could result in the Commonwealth not meeting statutory mandates rather than improving upon them.


Considering the negative impact this bill could have on the Commonwealth’s air quality, constituent health and small business owners, it is imperative shop owners in Pennsylvania act by communicating to their state senator opposing SB 777. 


Source: ASA


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