Measure to waive vehicle inspections passes state Senate

A Senate bill that would waive motor-vehicle inspections for some cars and trucks has cleared hurdles in the state House and Senate.

Senate Bill 1532, which would eliminate vehicle safety inspections for the first two years of a new car, passed in the Senate 36-13 and passed the House 194-2. The measure also would waive emissions inspections for a vehicle’s first 10 years, according to a press release from Sen. John Wozniak’s office.

Before the bill could be made law, it would have to gain approval from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Pennsylvania has required vehicle emissions testing beginning in 1997, but on a county-by-county basis. Today, 25 counties require inspections on gasoline engines only. Diesel vehicles are exempt.

Emission testing is required in the following counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Cambria, Centre, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Washington, Westmoreland and York.