Lawmakers pass ruling to END Auto Emission Testing in Tennessee

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The end of auto emission testing in Tennessee only needs the signature of Governor Bill Haslam....

On Monday (4/16/18) evening, lawmakers in the Volunteer State voted to end what many view as the burdensome auto emission testing of vehicles. The bill was introduced by two Chattanooga lawmakers who said that the testing is no longer necessary because Tennessee is now in compliance with federal clean air standards.

Opponents of the bill say the state's vehicle emissions testing in metro areas is an important tool to ensure clean air. Many residents don't agree and also want to see the testing dropped.

As passed, the bill actually bans counties from entering into or renewing contracts regarding vehicle inspection and maintenance programs to maintain compliance with national ambient air quality standards.

If the governor signs off on the legislation, we could see the end of emission testing as early as June.

The Bill (SB 2656 and HB 1782):

Motor Vehicles - As introduced, bans counties in attainment status from entering into or renewing contracts regarding vehicle inspection and maintenance programs to maintain compliance with national ambient air quality standards. - Amends TCA Title 55 and Title 68.

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