Owners of newer cars and light-duty trucks might be able to skip the annual emissions check next year.
That’s if a proposed rule exempting the vehicles is approved. The next step towards adopting the changes is a public hearing in Raleigh this month.
Cars and trucks are the largest source of air pollution in the state. That’s according to North Carolina’s Division of Air Quality. But emissions controls on newer cars rarely fail. And state officials say exempting vehicles from tests in the first three years could save residents money without negatively impacting air quality.
Just last year, the General Assembly passed a law calling for more changes to the emissions testing program. But before any changes go into effect, they must be approved at both state and federal levels.
A public hearing in Raleigh on September 18th will be followed by a review in front of the State’s Environmental Management Commission – possibly as early as November. If the EMC approves the changes, the proposal will be sent to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Officials say the new rules could go into effect by next year.
The N.C. Division of Air Quality has scheduled the hearing for 6 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Training Room (Room 1210) in the Green Square building, 217 West Jones St., Raleigh. Directions and parking information can be found at http://www.ncair.org/about/Directions_to_Green_Square.pdf
The Division of Air Quality will accept written comments on the rules through Oct. 14. Written comments may be submitted at the hearing, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: Joelle Burleson, Division of Air Quality, 1641 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1641.