California Introduces Bill to Exempt Pre-1983 Vehicles from Emissions Inspections

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact the Assembly Transportation Committee immediately to request support for A.B. 220:

You may use the following points in your message:

  • A.B. 220 recognizes the minimal impact of pre-1983 vehicles on emissions and air quality.
  • A.B. 220 acknowledges that pre-1983 vehicles still constitute an insignificant portion of the overall vehicle population and are a poor source from which to look for emissions reduction.
  • A.B. 220 endorses the fact that pre-1983 vehicles are overwhelmingly well-maintained and infrequently driven (a fraction of the miles each year as a new vehicle).
  • A.B. 220 recognizes that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States.

Overview: SAN-supported legislation (A.B. 220) has been introduced in California to exempt motor vehicles prior to the 1983 model year from emissions inspection requirement. Current law requires the annual testing of all 1976 and newer model-year vehicles. The bill currently awaits consideration by the Assembly Transportation Committee, which is scheduled for a hearing on Monday, March 22.