HARRISBURG — House Republican leaders are pushing for major changes in the state’s vehicle inspection program, totally eliminating emissions testing and reducing required safety inspections from once a year to once every two years.
“The new cars … are so clean that it negates the necessity of that [emissions inspection] practice,” said Rep. Rick Geist, R-Altoona, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, who’s leading the effort. “The onboard diagnostics of the cars are so good, you don’t really need to go get the car tested.
“Since the year 2000, we’ve virtually had very, very clean air. As we get more and more new cars, there’s less and less air pollution.”
Hmmmm… I seem to remember reading something very close to this about two years ago. Oh yeah, I did read something very similar to this two years ago, because I wrote it.
The yearly PA inspections/emissions tests have been a thorn in my side since I’ve moved over the PA line. Requiring these tests yearly is overkill, especially when the emissions test is just a bogus extra charge. They’re nothing more than a tax ‘hidden’ as additional fees.