HARRISBURG, Pa. (Feb. 13, 2015) — The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is asking its Pennsylvania auto repairer members to oppose a state bill that would reduce the frequency of state vehicle emissions inspections.
Pennsylvania Senate Bill 353 is currently before the state Senate Transportation Committee, the ASA said in a Feb. 12 news release.
The legislation would exempt new vehicles from emissions inspections until five years after the model year, the ASA said. After that, all vehicles would have biennial inspections.
Also, Senate Bill 353 would forbid any state requirements for vehicles to undergo inspections for emissions control equipment tampering.
Weakening Pennsylvania's emission control inspection requirements would put the state's air quality at risk, the ASA said, and with it those such as children and the elderly who are sensitive to poor air quality.
“We believe this bill will damage the integrity of the program and have a negative impact on the lives of all Pennsylvanians,” said Tom Gebble, president of the Automotive Service Association of Pennsylvania (ASA-PA).
ASA-PA stands ready to work with state lawmakers to combat Senate Bill 353, Mr. Gebble said. To see the full text of the bill and send letters to state lawmakers opposing the bill, go to the state legislative alerts and updates section of the ASA's legislative website.