Rhode Island Introduces Bill to Extend Emissions-Inspection Waiver
DON’T DELAY! Please contact the Rhode Island House Committee on Finance to request support for H.B. 5391:
You may use the following points in your message:
- H.B. 5391 extends inspection exemptions to motor vehicles for their first five model years.
- H.B. 5391 acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of the vehicles targeted for this exemption.
- H.B. 5391 acknowledges that it is senseless to test newer vehicles, the results of which demonstrate no significant air quality benefits. The idea behind exempting any class of vehicles is to reduce costs while not losing appreciable emission reductions. This strategy builds support for emission inspection programs, but also directs finite resources to where they will be most valuable in cleaning the air.
Overview: Legislation (H.B. 5391) has been introduced in the Rhode Island State Legislature to extend inspection exemptions to motor vehicles for their first five model years. Current law does not make any exemption for new vehicles. The bill is currently in the House Committee on Finance.