Bill to end emissions testing for drivers in six Tennessee counties up for debate
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Drivers in six Tennessee counties could potentially keep more money in their wallets thanks to a bill to end emissions testing.
SB2656/HB1782 seeks to authorize counties that have met the Environmental Protection Agency's standards on air pollution to do away with emissions testing as long as they are "in attainment."
The bill goes before the House on Monday (4/16) then the Senate Finance Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday.
As of August last year, all counties met the EPA standards, but Davidson, Sumner, Rutherford, Wilson, Williamson and Hamilton counties still do emissions testing. The bill looks to do away with emissions testing requirements for drivers in those counties.
Amendments to the bill would also allow the six counties to increase clerk fees for registration renewals by up to $4.00 after ending their emissions testing programs.
Davidson County is currently under contract to continue testing until the 2022/2023 fiscal year. Rep. Mike Carter clarified Davidson County is currently" in a contract with itself" and can vote to end the program or be exempt from the bill. Regardless of the bill's passing, the Metro City Council would be left to make a decision since the law could not break the current agreement.
All other counties have been under contract with TDEC.