Tennessee Bill to Exempt Newer Cars From Emissions Inspection to be Considered by Full House


DON’T DELAY!  Please voice your Support for H.B. 721 immediately from All Members of the Tennessee House by emailing now:


You may use the following points in your message:

  • H.B. 721 acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of the new vehicles targeted for this exemption.
  • H.B. 721 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. 
  • Tennessee 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.  

Overview:  Legislation (H.B. 721) to extend the emissions inspection exemption for new cars will be considered in a vote by the full House of Representatives.  Under the bill, all vehicles three years old and newer would be excused regardless of mileage.  Current law only exempts new motor vehicles being registered for the first time or one year from initial registration.