Not much to report, other than that I just received this update from
Hagerty, so I thought I would pass it along. I have e-mailed Sydney McManus
twice to see if there is anything the Mustang lobbyists can do at this
point, but haven't heard back yet. What I do know is that the Department of
Environmental Quality has to get approval from the EPA for the changes.
Since the DEQ did the two-year-long emissioins study that allowed this bill
to get through the Arizona legislature with absolutely no opposition and
signed into law, I am hoping that they will proceed with out any great
delays in getting EPA approval.
But, then, it is the government we're talking about.
Anyway, here's the latest update:
URGENT LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Arizona Emissions Test Exemption for Collectible Vehicles Signed Into Law by
Congratulations!!! A bill (H.B. 2357) to exempt qualified collectible
vehicles 15 years old and older from the state's mandatory emissions
inspection and maintenance program has been signed into law by Arizona
Governor Janet Napolitano. Under the new law, qualifying vehicles would have
to maintain appropriate collectible or classic automobile insurance to
retain these benefits.
The new law:
Defines collectible vehicles as 15 years old or older, OR of unique or rare
design, of limited production and an object of curiosity and maintained
primarily for car club activities, exhibitions, parades, etc. and is used
infrequently for other purposes.
Provides for a rolling 15-year emissions inspection exemption that would
exempt qualifying vehicles upon enactment and would pick up an additional
model year for each year the law is in effect.
Provides for an emissions inspection exemption for collectible vehicles for
which the owner holds appropriate insurance coverage.
Acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of older vehicles,
such as the older vehicles targeted for this exemption.
Recognizes that such vehicles constitute a small portion of the vehicle
fleet and are well-maintained and infrequently operated.
Congratulations again to all of the Arizona hobbyists whose hard work and
perseverance made this new law a reality. This law now needs U.S. EPA
approval. Please call or e-mail Sydney McManus, Hagerty Protection Network
Legislative Director, if you have any questions at 1-800-922-4050, x8787 /
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