Bill proposes exemption of newer vehicles from Tennessee's vehicle emission test

Bill proposes exemption of newer vehicles from Tennessee's vehicle emission test

February 27th, 2013 by Andy Sher in Local - Breaking News

Midas worker Blake Leveille looks up at the bottom of a car that failed the emissions test in this file photo.

Photo by Dan McLaughlin

NASHVILLE - Newer models of vehicles under three years old would be exempt from Tennessee's vehicle emission test under legislation co-sponsored by three Hamilton County lawmakers.

Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Bo Watson R-Hixson, Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, and House Transportation Committee Chairman Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, have put their names on the bill that would apply to owners of vehicles in Hamilton County and five other counties where emissions testing is mandatory.

In a news release, Dean called the proposal a "common sense bill. There is no need to test these cars."

The legislation has been assigned to the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee and the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee.