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I don’t know how many of you have older cars but I just received this E-mail from SEMA. Pretty interesting stuff…..

Subject: SEMA Legislative Alert: Arizona Emissions Test Exemption for Collectible Vehicles Signed Into Law by Governor

URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT (UPDATE)

Arizona Emissions Test Exemption for Collectible Vehicles Signed Into
Law by Governor Napalitano. (She ain’t so bad after all)

A bill (H.B. 2357) to exempt qualified collectible
vehicles 15 years old and older from the state's mandatory emissions
inspection and maintenance program has been signed into law by Arizona
Governor Janet Napolitano. Under the new law, qualifying vehicles would
have to maintain appropriate collectible or classic automobile insurance
to retain these benefits.

The new law:

Defines collectible vehicles as 15 years old or older, OR of
unique or rare design, of limited production and an object of curiosity
and maintained primarily for car club activities, exhibitions, parades,
etc. and is used infrequently for other purposes.

Provides for a rolling 15-year emissions inspection exemption
that would exempt qualifying vehicles upon enactment and would pick up
an additional model year for each year the law is in effect.

Provides for an emissions inspection exemption for collectible
vehicles for which the owner holds appropriate insurance coverage.

Acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of
older vehicles, such as the older vehicles targeted for this exemption.
Recognizes that such vehicles constitute a small portion of the
vehicle fleet and are well-maintained and infrequently operated.
 

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Wow, that's really interesting! Timely, too.

I don't have a collectible vehicle (well--I might in 20 years if I hang on to my '05 GTO), but a 60-something man just moved in across the street and he has this gorgeous, stock-looking, white '69 Firebird--the kind with the tach on the hood.

I talked to him a couple of weeks ago as he was carting boxes into his house. I was washing the GTO in my driveway and his 'Bird was parked curbside. Evidently sensing a Pontiac kinship, he came over to introduce himself. One of the first things he asked me was where he could get his car "smogged." That must be Californian. Here in AZ, we just say, "emissions tested." He was complaining about having to get the car certified, because in California it's a rolling 30-year cutoff, whereas in AZ it's all cars '69 or newer (I think).

Anyway, under this new law, it appears my new neighbor wouldn't have to bother with the emissions test--provided he has the car insured as a collectible or a classic. I'll have to tell him.
 
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