NC holds hearing on plan to eliminate emissions testing for new cars

From staff reportsSeptember 11, 2013 

— The state will hold a public hearing next week on plans to eliminate emissions testing for newer vehicles.

Cars and light-duty trucks that are less than three years old and have less than 70,000 miles on the odometer would be exempt from the tests.

The change is a result of a bill signed into law by Gov. Bev Perdue last year, but the details must be approved by the Environmental Management Commission.

The exemption also need approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, so it is not expected to take effect until early 2014.

Car owners still must pass yearly safety tests of tires, headlights, wipers and other parts to renew their registration. But drivers in the state’s 48 most urban counties won’t have to pay for emissions testing that state officials consider unnecessary in newer vehicles.

The change will save drivers the $16.40 for the annual emissions inspection. The mandatory safety test costs $13.60.

The N.C. Division of Air Quality will hold the hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1210 in the Green Square building at 217 West Jones St. in downtown Raleigh.

The division will accept written comments on the rules through Oct. 14. They can be submitted at the hearing, emailed to joelle.burleson@ncdenr.gov or mailed to: Joelle Burleson, Division of Air Quality, 1641 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, 27699-1641.

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