Senate Passes Wozniak Emissions-Testing Resolution

HARRISBURG,  April 4, 2012 – The state Senate has unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by State Sen. John N. Wozniak asking the federal Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider vehicle emissions inspection requirements in Pennsylvania.

“I realize that it’s a tough task taking on the EPA, but these tests have become redundant and ineffective,”Wozniak said.  “The vast majority of cars on the road today have sophisticated pollution-reduction technology and only a tiny fraction fail the test.

Not counting broken or poorly installed gas caps, nearly 98 percent of cars pass the emissions test, according to PennDOT.

“The test is an expensive and inconvenient way to tell motorists what they already know,” Wozniak said. “If their check-engine light isn’t on, their car is working fine.”

Pennsylvania first required enhanced vehicle emissions testing a handful of counties in 1997.  Over time, the mandate spread to cars registered in 25 counties.

Wozniak’s resolution asks the U.S. Congress to reevaluate the enhanced emissions inspection program.  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.