New Regulations in Maryland Extend Exemptions for Emissions Inspections                     

New rules announced Wednesday by Governor Larry Hogan exempt light-duty vehicles, model year 1996 or older, from emission inspections. In Maryland, light-duty vehicles are defined as vehicles with a gross weight under 8,500 pounds. In a statement to the press, the Governor noted the small impact these vehicles have on overall air pollution and the burden testing places on owners.  

Further, the rules will exempt new vehicles purchased in the state from emissions testing for an additional year. This decision is estimated to save Maryland over $2 million dollars annually.

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