By Guy Page
The House Transportation Committee Thursday will consider a Senate bill to expand the annual registered vehicle inspection to include inspection of emissions or on-board diagnostic systems for all vehicles up to 10 years old.
S.84would amend current inspection law which states that “all motor vehicles registered in this state shall be inspected once each year.” This language would change to: “all motor vehicles registered in this State shall undergo a safety inspection once each year and all motor vehicles that are registered in this State and are 10 model years old or less shall undergo an emissions or on board diagnostic (OBD) systems inspection once each year as applicable.”
The 10-year exemption as passed by the Senate is seen as a cost-saving measure for owners of older cars. Emissions testing is required by the EPA because Vermont is part of a northeastern high-ozone pollution area. Yet during the last three years, Vermont has had only one day per year in which the federal ozone guidelines were exceeded.
School buses are inspected under other state statutes and would be exempt from S84’s requirements.
Other bills up for discussion in House committees this week – including minimum wage, marijuana legalization, medical monitoring, homeless youth, energy storage, banning plastic straws and takeout packaging – can be seen at In Committee This Week.
Statehouse Headliners is intended primarily to educate, not advocate. It is e-mailed to an ever-growing list of interested Vermonters, public officials and media. Guy Page is affiliated with the Vermont Energy Partnership; the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare; and Physicians, Families and Friends for a Better Vermont.