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Potential 1981 Smog Exemption Bill for California!!!
« on: Oct 31, 2012, 01:08:06 PM »
Hey guys, apparently this is old news (from March earlier this year) but I just heard about it today and WOW am I excited over this!!

Do a search for 'California 1981 smog' and you'll get a host of sites such as this one: http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/2012/03/22/california-bill-may-exempt-pre-1981-cars-from-smog-testing/

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California bill may exempt pre-1981 cars from smog testing
Car nuts in states which are not California may envy our perpetual sunshine and plentiful kyuusha stocks, but when it comes to our emissions laws they just point and laugh. Most states have a rolling cutoff for cars of a certain age that exempt them from smog testing, but the Republic of California has frozen that number at 1976.

That means all vehicles that year or newer must pass Cali’s notoriously picky tailpipe sniffers to be street legal, dooming many older, poorly maintained Japanese cars to the scrapheap. Thankfully, a bill has been introduced into the state senate that, if passed, will move the cutoff forward to 1981.

This is great news for fans of the E70 Corolla, SA22c RX-7, Honda Civic and many more. However, the bill must first pass and luckily SEMA has put together a list of representatives you can contact to ensure this becomes law.

Please write to the members of the Transportation and Housing committee to encourage the passage of this bill. It help out your fellow enthusiasts in California, and keep more old Japanese cars on the road!

For details, see SEMA’s message below.

    California Introduces Bill to Exempt pre-1981 Vehicles From Emissions Inspection Requirement

    In 2004, legislation was enacted to repeal California’s rolling emissions-test exemption for vehicles 30 years old and older and replace it with a law requiring the lifetime testing of all 1976 and newer model-year vehicles. This year, a bill has been introduced in the California Senate (S.B. 1224) by Senator Doug LaMalfa (Senator.LaMalfa@senate.ca.gov ) to exempt all motor vehicles prior to the 1981 model year from the emissions inspection requirement.  The bill will be considered in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on March 27, 2012.
    We Urge You to Contact All Members of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee (Contact Info Below) Immediately To Request Their Support for S.B. 1224

        S.B. 1224 recognizes the minimal impact of pre-1981 vehicles on emissions and air quality.
        S.B. 1224 acknowledges that pre-1981 vehicles still constitute a minuscule portion of the overall vehicle population and are a poor source from which to look for emissions reduction.
        S.B. 1224 endorses the fact that pre-1981 vehicles are overwhelmingly well-maintained and infrequently driven (a fraction of the miles each year as a new vehicle).
        For years, legislators, regulators and stationary source polluters have felt the heat from failed efforts to meet air quality goals and have looked to older cars as a convenient scapegoat, using false data and inflated annual mileage assumptions to further their case.  S.B. 1224 helps validate the truth.  The old car hobby should not continue to carry the burden of past mistakes!

    DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee immediately to request their support of S.B. 1224.  Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby!  Thank you for your assistance.
    Senate Transportation and Housing Committee

    To e-mail all members of the Committee, copy and paste the email address block below:

    senator.desaulnier@sen.ca.gov;
    senator.gaines@senate.ca.gov;
    senator.harman@sen.ca.gov;
    Senator.Kehoe@sen.ca.gov;
    Senator.Lowenthal@sen.ca.gov;
    senator.pavley@sen.ca.gov;
    michael.rubio@sen.ca.gov;
    senator.simitian@sen.ca.gov;
    Senator.Wyland@senate.ca.gov

    Senator Mark DeSaulnier (Chair)
    Phone: (916) 651-4007
    Email: senator.desaulnier@sen.ca.gov

    Senator Ted Gaines (Vice Chair)
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    Email: senator.gaines@senate.ca.gov

    Senator Tom Harman
    Phone: (916) 651-4035
    Email: senator.harman@sen.ca.gov

    Senator Christine Kehoe
    Phone: (916) 651-4039
    Email: Senator.Kehoe@sen.ca.gov

    Senator Alan Lowenthal
    Phone: (916) 651-4027
    Email: Senator.Lowenthal@sen.ca.gov

    Senator Fran Pavley
    Phone: (916) 651-4023
    Email: senator.pavley@sen.ca.gov

    Senator Michael Rubio
    Phone: (916) 651-4016
    Email: michael.rubio@sen.ca.gov

    Senator Joe Simitian
    Phone: (916) 651-4011
    Email: senator.simitian@sen.ca.gov

    Senator Mark Wyland
    Phone: (916) 651-4038
    Email: Senator.Wyland@senate.ca.gov

Ok I am going to jump all over this when I get back into town next week!! :hyper: Does anyone have some more info to add, if so please post up!

My truck is a 1981, and while it already has a smog legal conversion, it would be VERY nice to not have to pay for pointless smog checks in the future (I have a modern, clean burning engine that always flies through the smog tests). Now I just need the date to cover my 1987 Supercharged MR2 (which also flies straight through smog tests) and I'd be set!

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Another site: http://skwerlyoutdoors.blogspot.com/2012/03/new-1981-smog-bill.html

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New 1981 Smog Bill
So, rumor has it there’s a new bill on the docket that is trying to raise the mandatory smog date all the way to 1981. Let me tell you, that would change lives, and not just a few of them.

If we didn’t have to smog pre-1981 vehicles, then millions of ’76-’80 work trucks just became a viable option for the little guy who makes his own cash. It means that low-income families who are more or less forced do drive something from the late ‘70s get to save money and hassle. Unless, of course, CA triples the registration on vehicles from those years; wouldn’t surprise me a bit.

It also means that you can drive that ’76 Cordoba you always wanted without having the referee futz with it – who could ask for more?

This bill really needs to pass. Also, if it *does* pass, I know a lot of folks (myself included) who’ll be a little upset that they sold some vehicle or other. My dad gave me his ’76 Chevy long bed 4x4 that he’d owned since ’77. I put a new engine in it, I had a lot of fun with it, but I eventually had to sell it because I couldn’t afford to register and smog the thing while also getting a neat 8 mpg.

If this bill passes, it means I could have kept it. Well, I guess it’s for the best, because I really, really like Dodge trucks better. I’m a MOPAR guy, and there’s not a thing I can do about it.

Anyhow, below is the information about the bill, and contacts you can make to voice your opinion in the matter. Do the right thing, here, and get Uncle Sam’s greedy-ass hands out of our older vehicles.

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In 2004, legislation was enacted to repeal California’s rolling emissions-test exemption for vehicles 30 years old and older and replace it with a law requiring the lifetime testing of all 1976 and newer model-year vehicles. This year, a bill has been introduced in the California Senate (S.B. 1224) by Senator Doug LaMalfa (Senator.LaMalfa@senate.ca.gov ) to exempt all motor vehicles prior to the 1981 model year from the emissions inspection requirement. The bill will be considered in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on March 27, 2012.

We Urge You to Contact All Members of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee (Contact Info Below) Immediately To Request Their Support for S.B. 1224
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This would be great for my 1976 Scirocco!!! :thumbs:

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I wonder with my 1981 truck having a state approved 1995 engine conversion if it's fish out of water until 1995 :headscratch:


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Another reason I'm glad I don't live in Cali.

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My truck is an 83.  :rivers:
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I drive a 94 pickup with no cat and still pass my states emission tests :P

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I really like how people brag about how they have "No Smog" laws or how they've managed to negate all the smog equipment on their vehicle with pride and almost in the same breath TRY and brag about how clean the air is in their state.  :hammer: :rofl2:

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I really like how people brag about how they have "No Smog" laws or how they've managed to negate all the smog equipment on their vehicle with pride and almost in the same breath TRY and brag about how clean the air is in their state.  :hammer: :rofl2:

Most people that are able to negate their states smog tests live in a state with less people and the air quality is insanely better then California's. Nice try though ;)


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Hey big mike the smog follows the chassis date not the engine but being that its proposed for 1981 the last year for smog exemption if passed would be 1980 just like now the law says 1976 the last year exempt is 1975... :(

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Hey big mike the smog follows the chassis date not the engine but being that its proposed for 1981 the last year for smog exemption if passed would be 1980 just like now the law says 1976 the last year exempt is 1975... :(
Well that's okay. At least progress is being proposed in the right direction.

And I'm gonna agree with nimyad on the clean air statement. :thumbs:

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I knew I should have kept my 80, of course reading the minutes it has yet to even get through committee.
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I think they should just make it 25 years old and newer has to pass. That's how it is in Texas. So as years progress so does the exemption.
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Yeah that was the way they did it but cut it off at 75 citing anything newer was disposable and not a classic.
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A rolling 25 year exemption would be great.....

I'd be satisfied with a rolling 30 year.................



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butt that would take some of the fun out of living in caly. I mean we'd more like the other states that don't have there head up there :moon:
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the reason it sits at 1975 is because that is when federal law required emissions on all vehicles, possibly even a catalytic converter. so cali has held up that those components there were O.E. were maintained 
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I wish they would do that here in Nevada our cut off is 1968  :rivers:
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the reason it sits at 1975 is because that is when federal law required emissions on all vehicles, possibly even a catalytic converter. so cali has held up that those components there were O.E. were maintained 

Yep, 75 was the first year of cat requirements.  (some cars had them earlier)
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My grandpa's 83 f250 doesnt have them. Even has a tag underhood saying cats not required for the vehicle !
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my 80 toy has the same sticker!
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My grandpa's 83 f250 doesnt have them. Even has a tag underhood saying cats not required for the vehicle !
The system was a bit complicated... Heavier trucks didn't need cats until later, so some 1/2 tons needed them when a similar 3/4 ton might not.
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There were a few cars that were exempt in the beginning like VW Bugs and Subaru's
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speaking of subarus, mine had a short vin number, SUCKS for dmv issues...

was like an 81-83 brat, dont remember
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1981 started the standardized 17 digit VIN's so it may have been an 80-81 yr model.
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my 80 toy has the same sticker!
where is this sticker located?
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does anyone know when this goes back up for a vote?

 
 
 
 
 

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