Colorado Introduces Bill to Extend Emissions Inspection Waiver For Newer Cars

Legislation (S.B. 126) has been introduced in the Colorado State Legislature to extend the emissions inspection exemption to vehicles that have not yet reached their 8th model year. Current law only exempts vehicles that are 4 model years old or newer. 

We Urge You to Contact Colorado Senate Transportation Committee Members (Contact InformationBelow) Immediately to Request Support for S.B. 126

  • S.B. 126 acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of the vehicles targeted for this exemption.
  • S.B. 126 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.  
  • Colorado already exempts pre-1976 collector cars, kits and street rods from emissions testing.  The logic for this trend is clear; such vehicles do not contribute in significant ways to air quality problems.  This logic applies equally to newer cars.   

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the Colorado Senate Transportation Committee immediately to request their support for S.B. 126.

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at  Thank you for your assistance.


Colorado Senate Transportation Committee

To e-mail all members of the Colorado Senate Transportation Committee, copy and paste the email address block below:;;;;;;

Senator Evie Hudak (Chair)
Phone: 303-866-4840 

Senator Suzanne Williams (Vice Chair)
Phone: 303-866-3432 

Senator Steve King
Phone: 303-866-3077 

Senator Linda Newell
Phone: 303-866-4846

Senator Scott Renfroe
Phone: 303-866-4451

Senator Gail Schwartz
Phone: Phone: 303-866-4871 

Senator Nancy Spence
Phone: 303-866-4883 

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