Idaho Bill Would Provide Emissions Inspection Exemption For Low-Mileage Vehicles

Legislation (H.B. 591) that proposes to exempt motor vehicles that are driven less than 1,000 miles annually from the state’s mandatory emissions inspection program was introduced in the Idaho State Legislature.  Vehicles of any model year would be eligible.

We Urge You to Contact Members of the House Environment, Energy and Technology Committee (List Below) Immediately to Request Their Support for H.B. 591.

  • H.B. 591 acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of the vehicles targeted for this exemption.
  • H.B. 591 acknowledges that it is senseless to test low-mileage 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.  
  • Idaho already exempts electric or hybrid vehicles, new motor vehicles less than 5 years old and classic automobiles from emissions tests.  The logic is clear; such vehicles do not contribute in significant ways to air quality problems.  This logic applies equally to other low-mileage cars targeted by this exemption.  

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the Idaho House Environment, Energy and Technology Committee immediately by e-mail to request their support for H.B. 591.  Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at Thank you for your assistance.

Idaho Environment, Energy and Technology Committee

Representative Dell Raybould - Chair
Phone: 208/332-1173

Representative R. J. Harwood - Vice Chair
Phone: 208/332-1070

Representative Eric Anderson
Phone: 208/332-1190

Representative George E. Eskridge
Phone: 208/265-0123

Representative Steve A. Kren
Phone: 208/332-1044

Representative Stephen Hartgen
Phone: 208/332-1061

Representative Erik Simpson
Phone: 208/332-1056

Representative Pat Takasugi
Phone: 208/332-1047

Representative Elaine Smith
Phone: 208/332-1031

Representative Wendy Jaquet
Phone: 208/332-1079

Representative Brian Cronin
Phone: 208/332-1076