Bill description: HB 470 would exempt all vehicles built in 2007 and after from mandatory emissions tests.
Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in the free market? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce government intervention in the market?
In Idaho, as frequently as every two years, most cars are required to undergo mandatory emissions testing. Exempt from this requirement are: vehicles used solely for agriculture, hybrid or electric vehicles, classic automobiles, farm equipment, and vehicles five-years-old or less. HB 470 would extend this last exemption to any vehicle built since 2007.
Extending this exemption would reduce the cost to vehicle owners of frequent vehicle inspections and would recognize the improvements that have been made by car companies to reduce emissions. For example, in these new vehicles, there are built-in features that perform the same emission checks as the mandatory inspections, alerting the owner when the car is producing excessive emissions.