Vermont Introduces Bill to Extend Emissions-Inspection Waiver
DON’T DELAY! Please contact the Vermont House Committee on Transportation Immediately to request support for H.B. 783
You may use the following points in your message:
- H.B. 783 extends inspection exemptions to motor vehicles registered as pleasure cars or exhibition vehicles. These vehicles cannot be used for daily transportation and as such do not contribute significantly to air quality.
- H.B. 783 acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of the vehicles targeted for this exemption.
- H.B. 783 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.
Overview: Legislation (H.B. 783) has been introduced in the Vermont State Legislature to extend the emissions inspection exemption to vehicles that have not yet reached their 4th model year. Current law does not make any exemption for new vehicles. This bill also exempts “pleasure cars” and “exhibition vehicles” from emissions inspections. The bill is currently in the House Committee on Transportation.