Last August California assemblyman Dave Jones put forth a bill that sought to apply the state’s strict emissions inspections to cars 15 years or older. The bill was defeated, but now Jones is at it again. This time funds from the inspections would be put into a fund that encourages the scrapping of older cars.
We already posted the reasons why these laws would do very little for the environment and yet do a lot to hurt classic car owners, and we’re sure that many readers (of JNC and other classic car magazines) already wrote in to voice their disagreement, but Jones seems to have a one track mind.
Here are the main points against Jones’ bill:
- Old cars make up only a tiny fraction of the total number of cars and trucks on the roads today.
- The majority of collectors do not use their vintage cars as daily drivers.
- And most of all, encouraging the disposal of an old car so that a new one can take its place does not account for the manufacturing costs of the new vehicle.
We urge you to write into Dave Jones and the other members of the California state legislature. You can copy and paste this terrific letter written by JNCer RayRay.
Thanks to all the readers who emailed us about the bill. You can read the full SEMA press release after the jump.
California Reintroduces Bill to Require ANNUAL Emissions Tests for Vehicles 15-Years Old and Older
Here we go again! Legislation (A.B. 859) has been reintroduced in the California Assembly by Assemblyman Dave Jones (Assemblymember.firstname.lastname@example.org) 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. 859. 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. 859
- A.B. 859 ignores the minimal impact vintage cars have on air quality.
- A.B. 859 could entice vintage car owners into allowing these vehicles to be scrapped.
- A.B. 859 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. 859 ignores the fact that classic vehicles are overwhelmingly well-maintained and infrequently driven.
- A.B. 859 would increase costs by creating an annual inspection fee for owners of these vehicles.
- A.B. 859 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. 859.
Please e-mail a copy of your letter to email@example.com. Thank you for your assistance.
Assembly Transportation Committee
Assemblymember Mike Eng – Chair
Assemblymember Kevin Jeffries
Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield
Assemblymember Joan Buchanan
Assemblymember Connie Conway
Assemblymember Warren Furutani
Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani
Assemblymember Martin Garrick
Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal
Assemblymember Jeff Miller
Assemblymember Roger Niello
Assemblymember John Perez
Assemblymember Jose Solorio
Assemblymember Tom Torlakson