New Tennessee cars could soon be exempt from emissions tests - WKRN News 2

New Tennessee cars could soon be exempt from emissions tests

Posted: Updated: Feb 27, 2013 5:54 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Hate finding time for those yearly emissions tests?

If you have a car three years old or less and live in the Nashville area or Chattanooga, you won't have to get the testing if a bill just proposed passes on Tennessee's Capitol Hill.

In a statement from several Republican sponsors, they said the legislation would apply in six Tennessee counties where emission testing is required.

Cars weighing up to 10,500 pounds in Hamilton, Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson or Wilson counties must currently pass an emissions test prior to registration renewal.

The statement from the Republican sponsors said the measures "saves taxpayers time and money."

Most of those getting an emissions test Wednesday at the Craighead station in south Nashville agreed.

You buy a new car, you keep the car up, and then you go through this to get your tags. It's ridiculous," said motorist Deborah Danker.

The Metro Health Department which oversees emissions tests says 36,000 cars would be exempt.

Five dollars and fifty cents of the $9 test goes to the private company performing the tests.

The remaining $3.50 goes to Metro government, which would lose more than $100,000 if the proposed bill passes.

But Fred Huggins of Metro Health Department raises the question about meeting federal air quality standards if 36,000 cars are not tested for their emissions.

He says a consequence if the bill passes is that older or bigger cars may faces more stringent testing to meet air quality standards.

The bill, Senate Bill 1080, has been assigned to the Transportation and Safety Committee in the Senate and the Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee in the House of Representatives.

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