NASHVILLE – Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) announced today that he has signed on as a sponsor of legislation pending in the General Assembly that would end mandatory emissions tests for vehicles in Tennessee. Senate Bill 2656 would apply to Hamilton, Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson or Wilson Counties where the test is still required prior to vehicle registration or renewal.
“I am excited about the opportunity to push this legislation. The burden of emissions testing is a common complaint I hear when talking to constituents,” said Sen. Ketron. “Rutherford County was pulled into the attainment zone mostly due to the pollutants that were coming out of Davidson County. Also, we have seen many changes with technologies that produce cleaner cars, so it is past time to end this burdensome requirement. I look forward to supporting it as it moves through the legislative process.”
The 1990 Federal Clean Air Act required the State of Tennessee to develop more restrictive regulations to control air pollution from mobile sources in counties which were not meeting the Federal Standards for air quality. In August, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced that the entire State of Tennessee meets federal air quality health standards. Over 1.5 million vehicles went through emissions testing in Tennessee last year in the six counties where it is required.
The bill now goes to the Transportation and Safety Committee in the Senate and the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee in the House of Representatives for consideration.