Pennsylvania

Senate panel votes to end most annual car emissions tests

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A proposal is advancing that would end mandatory annual emissions inspections for Pennsylvania vehicles that are less than 9 years old.

Pennlive.com reports the state Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday voted 9 to 5 to end the requirement, which costs about $40 on average.

The annual inspections are currently required in 25 counties, such as Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks and Montgomery counties.

There is evidence that less than 2 percent of vehicles in those counties fail the tests during the first eight years after they're manufactured.

Democrats on the committee all voted against the bill, arguing it could violate the Clean Air Act and thereby jeopardize hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds.

Lawmakers are also considering whether to require emissions tests every two years rather than annually and to eliminate emissions testing in seven counties.


DISCLAIMER FOR COMMENTS: The views expressed by public comments are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the TERMS OF USE  and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Your comments may be used on air. Be polite. Inappropriate posts or posts containing offsite links, images, inappropriate language, or memes may be removed by the moderator.  Job listings and similar posts are likely automated SPAM messages from Facebook and are not placed by WFMZ-TV.

This Week's Circulars

Pennsylvania News

Latest From The Newsroom