Senate Approves Vogel Bill to Delay Costly Vehicle Inspection Mandate

The Senate today (June 25) approved a bill sponsored by Senator Elder Vogel (R-47) that would delay a costly mandate on local garages that ultimately would increase the fees paid by motorists when their vehicles are inspected.

Senator Vogel’s legislation, Senate Bill 746, would extend the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s November 1 deadline for existing emissions inspection stations to obtain expensive new testing equipment to July 1, 2021.

“Local mechanics have requested that PENNDOT delay the deadline for installing these costly computer updates. The cost of the mandated equipment can range from $6,000 to $8,000 and that places a tremendous financial burden on many small garages,” Senator Vogel said. “In addition, there is a concentrated effort to update Pennsylvania’s emissions testing program, which may ultimately eliminate or reduce the need for some testing equipment. It only makes sense to slow down this implementation, thereby saving motorists and garages money.”

SB 746 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. 

Contact:          Charlie O’Neill            (717) 787-3076

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