Tennessee Bill to Exempt Newer Cars From Emissions Inspection Moves to Senate Floor


Tennessee Bill to Exempt Newer Cars From Emissions Inspection Moves to Senate Floor 

Senate legislation (S.B. 777) to extend the emissions inspection exemption for new cars was approved by the Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee and has been sent to the floor of the Senate for a vote by all members.  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.

Please Contact All Members of the Tennessee Senate (Contact InformationBelow) Immediately to Request Support for S.B. 777.

  • S.B. 777 acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of the new vehicles targeted for this exemption.
  • S.B. 777 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.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the Tennessee Senate immediately to request their support for S.B. 777.

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.  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. 

Tennessee Senate

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

sen.paul.bailey@capitol.tn.gov; sen.mae.beavers@capitol.tn.gov; sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov; sen.janice.bowling@capitol.tn.gov; sen.richard.briggs@capitol.tn.gov; sen.rusty.crowe@capitol.tn.gov; sen.steven.dickerson@capitol.tn.gov; sen.todd.gardenhire@capitol.tn.gov; sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov; sen.dolores.gresham@capitol.tn.gov; sen.ferrell.haile@capitol.tn.gov; sen.thelma.harper@capitol.tn.gov; sen.lee.harris@capitol.tn.gov; sen.joey.hensley@capitol.tn.gov; sen.ed.jackson@capitol.tn.gov; sen.jack.johnson@capitol.tn.gov; sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov; sen.bill.ketron@capitol.tn.gov; sen.sara.kyle@capitol.tn.gov; sen.becky.massey@capitol.tn.gov; sen.randy.mcnally@capitol.tn.gov; sen.frank.niceley@capitol.tn.gov; sen.mark.norris@capitol.tn.gov; sen.doug.overbey@capitol.tn.gov; sen.kerry.roberts@capitol.tn.gov; sen.steve.southerland@capitol.tn.gov; sen.john.stevens@capitol.tn.gov; sen.reginald.tate@capitol.tn.gov; sen.jim.tracy@capitol.tn.gov; sen.bo.watson@capitol.tn.gov; sen.ken.yager@capitol.tn.gov; sen.jeff.yarbro@capitol.tn.gov