Tennessee House Bill to Exempt Newer Cars From Emissions Inspection Approved by Committee


Tennessee House Bill to Exempt Newer Cars From Emissions Inspection Approved by Committee 

Legislation (H.B. 721) to extend the emissions inspection exemption for new cars was approved by the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and will next be considered by the House Government Operations Committee on March 24, 2015.  Under the bill, vehicles that are three years old and newer and that have an odometer reading of less than 36,000 miles would be excused from the emissions test.  Current law only exempts new motor vehicles being registered for the first time or one year from initial registration.

Please Contact House Government Operations CommitteeMembers (Contact InformationBelow) Immediately to Request Support for H.B. 721.

  • 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.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the House Government Operations Committeeimmediately to request their support for H.B. 721.    

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 House Government Operations Committee

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

rep.jeremy.faison@capitol.tn.gov; rep.john.ragan@capitol.tn.gov; rep.glen.casada@capitol.tn.gov; rep.john.ray.clemmons@capitol.tn.gov; rep.craig.fitzhugh@capitol.tn.gov; rep.curtis.halford@capitol.tn.gov; rep.dan.howell@capitol.tn.gov; rep.curtis.johnson@capitol.tn.gov; rep.gerald.mccormick@capitol.tn.gov; rep.mike.stewart@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Jeremy Faison (Chair)
Phone: (615) 741-6871
Email: rep.jeremy.faison@capitol.tn.gov

Representative John Ragan (Vice-Chair)
Phone: (615) 741-4400
Email: rep.john.ragan@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Glen Casada
Phone: (615) 741-4389
Email: rep.glen.casada@capitol.tn.gov

Representative John Ray Clemmons
Phone: (615) 741-4410
Email: rep.john.ray.clemmons@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Craig Fitzhugh
Phone: (615) 741-2134
Email: rep.craig.fitzhugh@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Curtis Halford
Phone: (615) 741-7478
Email: rep.curtis.halford@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Dan Howell
Phone: (615) 741-7799
Email: rep.dan.howell@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Curtis Johnson
Phone: (615) 741-434
Email: rep.curtis.johnson@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Gerald McCormick
Phone: (615) 741-2548
Email: rep.gerald.mccormick@capitol.tn.gov

Representative Mike Stewart
Phone: (615) 741-2184
Email: rep.mike.stewart@capitol.tn.gov