Old Car Emissions Exemption Threatened in 8 California Counties

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  1. Chucks73

    Chucks73 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Nov 8, 2000
    Chino Hills, CA.
    Here we go again

    Old Car Emissions Exemption Threatened in 8 California Counties; Hearing Scheduled for April 1

    Legislation (S.B. 1549) has been introduced in the California State Senate by Senator Dean Florez (senator.florez@sen.ca.gov) to repeal the state’s current emissions test exemption for pre-1976 vehicles registered by new owners in the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District. The District includes eight counties in California’s Central Valley: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the valley portion of Kern. Under the bill, after Jan. 1, 2009, new owners seeking to register a pre-1976 vehicle in these eight counties would be subject to emissions tests for the life of the vehicle. S.B. 1549 is scheduled to be considered by the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on April 1, 2008.

    We Urge You to Call, E-Mail or Fax Senator Florez and Members of the Senate Transportation Committee (List Attached) Immediately to Oppose S.B. 1549

    Existing law in California exempts all pre-1976 vehicles from emissions testing.

    California’s current emissions testing exemption recognizes the minimal impact of pre-1976 motor vehicles on emissions and air quality.

    Pre-1976 vehicles constitute a small and shrinking portion of the overall vehicle population in California and are a poor source from which to look for further emissions reductions.

    Pre-1976 antique and classic vehicles are overwhelmingly well-maintained.

    Repeal of the exemption in the San Joaquin Valley could lead the Legislature to target other areas in the state in the future.

    Legislators and regulators are again feeling the heat from a failed effort to meet air quality goals and are looking for a convenient scapegoat. The old car hobby should not carry the burden of their mistakes, as it has in previous amendments to the old car exemption!
    Please phone, fax or e-mail Senator Florez to express your opposition to S.B. 1549. Senator Florez can be reached at:

    E-Mail: Senator.Florez@sen.ca.gov
    Phone: (916) 651-4016
    Fax: (916) 327-5989

    Please phone, fax or e-mail members of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee to express your opposition to S.B. 1549

    California Senate Transportation & Housing Committee

    (Click here to email all Committee members)

    Senator Alan Lowenthal – Chair
    Phone: 916/651-4027
    Fax: 916/327-9113
    Email: Senator.Lowenthal@sen.ca.gov

    Senator Tom McClintock
    Phone: 916/651-4019
    Fax: 916/324-7544
    Email: senator.mcclintock@sen.ca.gov

    Senator Roy Ashburn
    Phone: 916/651-4018
    Fax: 916/322-3304
    Email: senator.ashburn@sen.ca.gov

    Senator Gilbert Cedillo
    Phone: 916/651-4022
    Fax: 916/327-8817
    Email: senator.cedillo@sen.ca.gov

    Senator Ellen Corbett
    Phone: 916/651-4010
    Fax: 916/327-2433
    Email: senator.corbett@sen.ca.gov

    Senator Bob Dutton
    Phone: 916/651-4031
    Fax: 916/327-2272
    Email: senator.dutton@sen.ca.gov

    Senator Tom Harman
    Phone: 916/651-4035
    Fax: 916/445-9263
    Email: senator.harman@sen.ca.gov

    Senator Christine Kehoe
    Phone: 916/651-4039
    Fax: 916/327-2188
    Email: senator.kehoe@sen.ca.gov

    Senator Jenny Oropeza
    Phone: 916/651-4028
    Fax: 916/323-6056
    Email: senator.oropeza@sen.ca.gov

    Senator Joe Simitian
    Phone: 916/651-4011
    Fax: 916/323-4529
    Email: senator.simitian@sen.ca.gov

    Senator Tom Torlakson
    Phone: 916/651-4007
    Fax: 916/445-2527
    Email: senator.torlakson@sen.ca.gov

    Senator Leland Yee
    Phone: 916/651-4008
    Fax: 916/327-2186
    Email: senator.yee@sen.ca.gov

    Please e-mail a copy of your letters to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org
  2. POS71RS

    POS71RS Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2002
    Central Coast, CA
    Didn't see SLO on there... *whew*
    But in all seriousness... how can counties enforce that crap when the state wont?.. So weird.

    I'm getting pretty tired of seeing this BS legislature keep pointing fingers at us.
    Last time I smogged the POS, it tested (on paper.. NO WAY on visual) well enough to pass standards for 80s cars with cats.
    And let's see... I've driven the car... ONCE... this year??... yeah, I'm contributing a ton to the smog problem...

    If they have to do anything, how about they cut the BS and just require us to test for output??? not visual, etc. (obviously, it'd be nicer just not to at all...)
  3. ULTM8Z

    ULTM8Z Veteran Member

    May 19, 2000
    Los Angeles
    Getting so sick of these know-nothing politicians...

    E-mail sent... for all the good it'll do... :rolleyes:
  4. Batman

    Batman Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Mission Viejo, CA, USA
    While I whole-heartedly agree, it's the reason why I built the Batmobile to be able to pass smog both at the sniffer AND on the visual. It's crap, since if it sniffs good it shouldn't matter if there's nitrous, supercharger, turbo, or intravenous feeding!

    72BIGBLOCK Veteran Member

    Feb 2, 2008
    someone Get Jay Leno Involved
  6. Cataldo

    Cataldo Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    no lie. e-mail sent. if it gets passed i won't be suprised if it moves to SB county. how would you set up an older car for smog, cars that were before all of that.
  7. sschevellefan

    sschevellefan Veteran Member

    Nov 2, 2007
    Sacramento, CA
    They would have to have any original emission equipment. for the most part from about 1965 and below it`s just a crankcase vent or road draft tube. Of coarse you would probably get nailed for anything non OE equipment like Holley carb, Edelbrock intake, headers, ect.

    72BIGBLOCK Veteran Member

    Feb 2, 2008
    this Really Sucks Because What If Its Ur Daily Driver Like In My Case
  9. brick_haus

    brick_haus Veteran Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Somis, Ca.

    Unfortunately it's the daily drivers that they're blaming.

    We all need to speak up now. If this bill passes, it will quickly spread through out the entire state.
  10. Camarofanatic73

    Camarofanatic73 Veteran Member

    May 15, 2005
    Like a friggin' cancer:mad:

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