Vehicles more than 16 years old exempt from emissions test - Burlington Free Press

According to state law passed this year, all vehicles made since 2004 must have the computer emissions test. Older vehicles only require a visual emissions test. 


"The exemption took effect June 14 as part of a suite of transportation laws passed by the Legislature this year. The Department of Motor Vehicles filed proposed rules to formally adopt the change in late August. All vehicles are required to have emissions systems visually inspected. But only newer vehicles — model year 2004 or newer — are required to have an on-board diagnostic test."


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  • Bob Frenier
    commented 2019-09-04 21:50:02 -0400
    I am extremely grateful. I have a 2003 car whose yellow engine lights keeps coming on. There are no visual emissions, and if I had to fix the engine light, it would be very expensive and accomplish nothing for the environment. I would make more economic sense to get another car.
  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2019-09-04 16:23:10 -0400
    I fear something is terribly bass acwards here with this “logic”. Older vehicles are more likely to be spewing noxious fumes than newer vehicles. All vehicles should have to pass an emissions test, especially older ones.