Colorado Bill to Limit Emissions Testing Introduced

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact the Senate Committee on Transportation Immediately to request support for S.B. 181:

You may use the following points in your message:

  • S.B. 181 doubles the length of the vehicle emissions inspection cycle from 2 to 4 years.
  • S.B. 181 specifies that a vehicle does not fail an emissions inspection solely because a check-engine light is illuminated on the motor vehicle’s dashboard.
  • S.B. 181 acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of the new vehicles targeted. The vast majority of newer light-duty vehicles are equipped with cleaner technologies that enable these vehicles to easily pass emissions tests. 
  • S.B. 181 acknowledges that it is senseless to test newer vehicles, the results of which demonstrate no significant air quality benefits. The idea behind exempting any class of vehicles is to reduce costs while not losing appreciable emission reductions. This strategy builds support for emission inspection programs but also directs finite resources to where they will be most valuable in cleaning the air.

Overview: Legislation (S.B. 181) extends the length of the motor vehicle emissions inspection cycle for 1982 and newer model years from every 2 years to every 4 years. Emissions inspections are required for vehicles being registered or titled for the first time in Colorado and biennially based on their model year (during registration renewals). The bill is currently in the Senate Committee on Transportation.




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