Delaware Bill to Extend New Car Emissions Test Exemption Approved by Committee; Moves to House Floor


DON’T DELAY!  Please voice your support for H.B. 246 immediately to All House Members by emailing now:

You may use the following points in your message:

  • H.B. 246 acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of the new vehicles targeted for this exemption. The vast majority of newer light-duty vehicles are equipped with cleaner technologies that enable these vehicles to easily pass emissions tests.        
  • H.B. 246 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 (H.B. 246) to extend the emissions inspection exemption for new cars from 5 to 7 model years was approved by the Transportation, Land Use, and Infrastructure Committee. Emissions inspections are required for vehicles being registered or titled for the first time in Delaware and biennially based on their model year (during registration renewals). The bill has now been sent to the floor of the Delaware House of Representatives for a vote by all members.