DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (Sept. 3, 2004) — The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is calling on its members to contact California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to urge him to veto legislation that would repeal the state's current rolling emissions-test exemption for vehicles 30 years-old and older.
The bill, A.B. 2683, repeals the pro-hobbyist, pro-industry exemption and replaces it with a law requiring the permanent testing of all 1976 and newer model-year vehicles. SEMA said that if it is signed into law, the bill would require all vehicles of the post-1975 model year and that are at least 35 years-old to continue in the Smog Check program for the duration of the vehicle's life, That would include vehicles insured as collector cars that are driven only to parades, exhibitions, etc.
Diamond Bar-based SEMA said the bill passed the California legislature and has been sent to the governor for his signature or veto. It also would revise the Smog Check testing regimen for these vehicles, including a tailpipe test, functional inspection of the fuel cap and a visual inspection for liquid fuel leaks. The vehicle would be forced to comply with the exhaust-emissions standards for the vehicle's class and model year as prescribed by California regulators.
With regulators having proposed yearly testing of these older vehicles, SEMA said these amendments could be far costlier and even more burdensome to vehicle collectors in the future.
The trade association added that regulators could set emissions standards “to any level that suits their purposes in order to ensure inspection failures of these 1976 and later model cars.” The group also fears that “nothing in these amendments would stop regulators from bringing 1975 and older vehicles back into the Smog Check program at a later date.”