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Old Car Emissions Exemption Threatened in 8 California Counties; Hearing    Scheduled for April-1-2008

Legislation (S.B. 1549) has been introduced in the California State Senate by Senator Dean Florez ( 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:

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

Senator Tom McClintock
Phone: 916/651-4019
Fax: 916/324-7544

Senator Roy Ashburn
Phone: 916/651-4018
Fax: 916/322-3304

Senator Gilbert Cedillo
Phone: 916/651-4022
Fax: 916/327-8817

Senator Ellen Corbett
Phone: 916/651-4010
Fax: 916/327-2433

Senator Bob Dutton
Phone: 916/651-4031
Fax: 916/327-2272

Senator Tom Harman
Phone: 916/651-4035
Fax: 916/445-9263

Senator Christine Kehoe
Phone: 916/651-4039
Fax: 916/327-2188

Senator Jenny Oropeza
Phone: 916/651-4028
Fax: 916/323-6056

Senator Joe Simitian
Phone: 916/651-4011
Fax: 916/323-4529

Senator Tom Torlakson
Phone: 916/651-4007
Fax: 916/445-2527

Senator Leland Yee
Phone: 916/651-4008
Fax: 916/327-2186

Please e-mail a copy of your letters to Steve McDonald at

                Your Support helped last time Now Do It Again


Jason Tolleson,
SEMA 202/783-6007, ext. 39


California Introduces Bill to Require ANNUAL Emissions Tests
for Vehicles 15-Years Old and Older

Here we go again!  Legislation (A.B. 616) has been introduced in the California Assembly by Assemblyman Dave Jones to require annual Smog check inspections for vehicles 15-years old and older.  The bill would also require that funds generated through the additional inspection fees be deposited into an account which can be used to scrap older cars.  You may recall that in 2004 a new law was enacted in California to require the lifetime testing of all 1976 and newer model-year vehicles.  Pre-1976 motor vehicles would remain exempt under A.B. 616.  The bill has been referred to the Assembly Transportation Committee.

We Urge You to Contact Assemblyman Jones and members of the Assembly Transportation Committee (List Below) Immediately to Oppose A.B. 616

    *       A.B. 616 ignores the minimal impact vintage cars have on air quality.

    *       A.B. 616 could entice vintage car owners into allowing these vehicles to be scrapped.

    *       A.B. 616 ignores the fact that vehicles 15-years old and older still constitute a small portion of the overall vehicle population and are a poor source from which to look for emissions reduction.

    *      A.B. 616 ignores the fact that classic vehicles are overwhelmingly well-maintained and infrequently driven.

    *       A.B. 616 would increase costs by creating an annual inspection fee for owners of these vehicles.

    *       A.B. 616 represents another attempt by California legislators and regulators to scapegoat older cars.

Please contact members of the California Assembly Transportation Committee immediately by phone, fax or e-mail to request their opposition to A.B. 616. 

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to  Thank you for your assistance.

Assembly Transportation Committee

Pedro Nava, Chair
Telephone: (916) 319-2035
Fax: (916) 319-2135

Michael D. Duvall, Vice-Chair
Telephone: (916) 319-2072
Fax: (916) 319-2172

Wilma Amina Carter
Telephone: (916) 319-2062
Fax: (916) 319-2162

Mike DeSaulnier
Telephone: (916) 319-2011
Fax: (916) 319-2111

Cathleen Galgiani
Tel: (916) 319-2017
Fax: (916) 319-2117

Martin Garrick
Telephone: (916) 319-2074
Fax: (916) 319-2174

Shirley Horton
Telephone: (916) 319-2078

Guy S. Houston
Telephone: (916) 319-2015
Fax: (916) 319-2115

Bob Huff
Telephone: (916) 319-2060
Fax: (916) 319-2160

Betty Karnette
Telephone: (916) 319-2054

Anthony J. Portantino
Telephone: (916) 319-2044
Fax: (916) 319-2144

Ira Ruskin
Telephone: (916) 319 - 2021
Fax: (916) 319 - 2121

Jose Solorio
Telephone: (916) 319-2069
Fax: (916) 319-2169

Nell Soto
Telephone: (916) 319-2061
Fax: (916) 319-2161

Now that You have E-Mailed or called your State Assemblymember

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