Pennsylvania Bill to Exempt Newer Cars from Emissions Inspections Passes Appropriations Committee; Moves to Senate Floor


Legislation (S.B. 1532) to extend the emissions inspection exemption to vehicles never before registered in the state or any other jurisdiction for ten years from the date of original registration was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Current law only exempts new vehicles that have less than 5,000 miles on their odometer for one year after their first registration.  The bill now moves to the Senate floor for a vote by all Senators. 

We Urge You to Contact All Members of the Pennsylvania Senate (Contact Information Below) Immediately to Request Support for S.B. 1532

  • S.B. 1532 acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of the new vehicles targeted for this exemption.
  • S.B. 1532 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.  
  • S.B. 1532 still requires that the newest ten model year vehicles be subject to visual anti-tampering inspections for the presence of emissions control components installed on the vehicle by manufacturers.
  • Pennsylvania already exempts pre-1975 vehicles 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 Pennsylvania Senate immediately to request their support for S.B. 1532.

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

Pennsylvania Senate

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Senator Richard Alloway

Senator David Argall

Senator Lisa Baker

Senator John Blake

Senator Lisa Boscola

Senator James Brewster

Senator Patrick Browne

Senator Mike Brubaker

Senator Jake Corman

Senator Jay Costa

Senator Andrew Dinniman

Senator Jane Earll

Senator John Eichelberger

Senator Edwin Erickson

Senator Lawrence Farnese

Senator Jim Ferlo

Senator Mike Folmer

Senator Wayne Fontana

Senator John Gordner

Senator Stewart Greenleaf

Senator Vincent Hughes

Senator Richard Kasunic

Senator Shirley Kitchen

Senator Daylin Leach

Senator Charles McIlhinney

Senator Bob Mensch

Senator Jeffrey Piccola

Senator Dominic Pileggi

Senator John Rafferty

Senator Robert Robbins

Senator Joseph Scarnati

Senator Judith Schwank

Senator Lloyd Smucker

Senator Timothy Solobay

Senator Michael Stack

Senator Christine Tartaglione

Senator Robert Tomlinson

Senator Patricia Vance

Senator Elder Vogel

Senator Randy Vulakovich

Senator Kim Ward

Senator LeAnna Washington

Senator Michael Waugh

Senator Donald White

Senator Mary Jo White

Senator Anthony Williams

Senator John Wozniak

Senator Gene Yaw

Senator John Yudichak

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