URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT
Arizona Introduces Bill to Exempt Vehicles 40-Years Old and Older From Emissions Inspections
Legislation to exempt all vehicles manufactured in the 1974 model year and earlier from the state’s mandatory biennial emissions inspection program was signed into law in 2011. Under previous law, only vehicles manufactured in 1966 and earlier and “collectibles” were exempt. Under Federal law, changes to the state’s inspection and maintenance program must be approved by the EPA. The EPA has not yet approved the expanded exemption.
In 2014, legislation (H.B. 2600) has been introduced to exempt all vehicles manufactured in or before the model year “that is forty years before the year in which the inspection is due.” While the bill does not expressly state it, it’s likely that it would require similar EPA approval if enacted into law.
We Urge You to Contact Members of the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee (List Attached) Immediately To Request Their Support for H.B. 2600
- H.B. 2600 amounts to a rolling exemption, picking up an additional model year for the exemption for each year the law is in place.
- Without EPA approval of the 2011 law, existing law in Arizona only exempts pre-1967 model year vehicles and those vehicles designated as “collectible.”
- H.B. 2600 acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of older vehicles, such as the historic cars targeted for this exemption.
- H.B. 2600 recognizes that 40-year old and older vehicles constitute a small portion of the vehicle fleet and are well-maintained and infrequently operated.
DON’T DELAY! Please contact members of the Arizona House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee immediately by phone or e-mail to request their support for H.B. 2600.
Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.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.
Arizona House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee
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