Pennsylvania Introduces Bill to Extend Emissions Inspection Waiver For Newer Cars


Pennsylvania Introduces Bill to Extend Emissions Inspection Waiver For Newer Cars

Legislation (S.B. 353) has been introduced in the Pennsylvania Legislature to extend the emissions inspection exemption for 5 years after the model year.  Current law only exempts new vehicles that have less than 5,000 miles on their odometer for one year after their first registration.

We Urge You to Contact Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee Members (Contact InformationBelow) Immediately to Request Support for S.B. 353

  • S.B. 353 acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of the new vehicles targeted for this exemption.
  • S.B. 353 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.  
  • 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 Transportation Committee immediately to request their support for S.B. 353. 

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.  

Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee

To e-mail all Committee members, copy and paste the email address block below:

Senator John Rafferty (Chair)
Phone: (717) 787-1398
Senator Robert Tomlinson (Vice-Chair)
Phone: (717) 787-5072
Senator John Wozniak
Phone: (717) 787-5400
Senator Joseph Scarnati
Phone: (717) 787-7084
Senator Camera Bartolotta
Phone: (717) 787-1463
Senator Patrick Browne
Phone: (717) 787-1349
Senator John Gordner
Phone: (717) 787-8928
Senator Patrick Stefano
Senator Randy Vulakovich
Phone: (717) 787-6538
Senator Scott Wagner
Phone: (717) 787-3817
Senator Lisa Boscola
Phone: (717) 787-4236
Senator James Brewster
Phone: (717) 787-5580
Senator Shirley Kitchen
Phone: (717) 787-6735
Senator Matt Smith
Phone: (717) 787-5839