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H.B. 265 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: Francis D. Gibson

Senate Sponsor: Margaret Dayton

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Motor Vehicles Code by amending provisions relating to motor
             10      vehicle emissions.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that certain county regulations and ordinances shall be compliant with the
             14      analyzer design and certification requirements contained in the state implementation
             15      plan; and
             16          .    makes technical changes.
             17      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          This bill provides an immediate effective date.
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          41-6a-1642, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 295
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 41-6a-1642 is amended to read:
             27           41-6a-1642. Emissions inspection -- County program.
             28          (1) The legislative body of each county required under federal law to utilize a motor
             29      vehicle emissions inspection and maintenance program or in which an emissions inspection

             30      and maintenance program is necessary to attain or maintain any national ambient air quality
             31      standard shall require:
             32          (a) a certificate of emissions inspection, a waiver, or other evidence the motor vehicle
             33      is exempt from emissions inspection and maintenance program requirements be presented:
             34          (i) as a condition of registration or renewal of registration; and
             35          (ii) at other times as the county legislative body may require to enforce inspection
             36      requirements for individual motor vehicles, except that the county legislative body may not
             37      routinely require a certificate of emission inspection, or waiver of the certificate, more often
             38      than required under Subsection (6); and
             39          (b) compliance with this section for a motor vehicle registered or principally operated
             40      in the county and owned by or being used by a department, division, instrumentality, agency, or
             41      employee of:
             42          (i) the federal government;
             43          (ii) the state and any of its agencies; or
             44          (iii) a political subdivision of the state, including school districts.
             45          (2) (a) The legislative body of a county identified in Subsection (1), in consultation
             46      with the Air Quality Board created under Section 19-1-106 , shall make regulations or
             47      ordinances regarding:
             48          (i) emissions standards;
             49          (ii) test procedures;
             50          (iii) inspections stations;
             51          (iv) repair requirements and dollar limits for correction of deficiencies; and
             52          (v) certificates of emissions inspections.
             53          (b) The regulations or ordinances shall:
             54          (i) be made to attain or maintain ambient air quality standards in the county, consistent
             55      with the state implementation plan and federal requirements; [and]
             56          (ii) may allow for a phase-in of the program by geographical area[.]; and
             57          (iii) be compliant with the analyzer design and certification requirements contained in

             58      the state implementation plan prepared under Title 19, Chapter 2, Air Conservation Act.
             59          (c) The county legislative body and the Air Quality Board shall give preference to an
             60      inspection and maintenance program that is:
             61          (i) decentralized, to the extent the decentralized program will attain and maintain
             62      ambient air quality standards and meet federal requirements;
             63          (ii) the most cost effective means to achieve and maintain the maximum benefit with
             64      regard to ambient air quality standards and to meet federal air quality requirements as related to
             65      vehicle emissions; and
             66          (iii) providing a reasonable phase-out period for replacement of air pollution emission
             67      testing equipment made obsolete by the program.
             68          (d) The provisions of Subsection (2)(c)(iii) apply only to the extent the phase-out:
             69          (i) may be accomplished in accordance with applicable federal requirements; and
             70          (ii) does not otherwise interfere with the attainment and maintenance of ambient air
             71      quality standards.
             72          (3) The following vehicles are exempt from the provisions of this section:
             73          (a) an implement of husbandry;
             74          (b) a motor vehicle that:
             75          (i) meets the definition of a farm truck under Section 41-1a-102 ; and
             76          (ii) has a gross vehicle weight rating of 12,001 pounds or more;
             77          (c) a vintage vehicle as defined in Section 41-21-1 ; and
             78          (d) a custom vehicle as defined in Section 41-6a-1507 .
             79          (4) (a) The legislative body of a county identified in Subsection (1) shall exempt a
             80      pickup truck, as defined in Section 41-1a-102 , with a gross vehicle weight of 12,000 pounds or
             81      less from the emission inspection requirements of this section, if the registered owner of the
             82      pickup truck provides a signed statement to the legislative body stating the truck is used:
             83          (i) by the owner or operator of a farm located on property that qualifies as land in
             84      agricultural use under Sections 59-2-502 and 59-2-503 ; and
             85          (ii) exclusively for the following purposes in operating the farm:

             86          (A) for the transportation of farm products, including livestock and its products,
             87      poultry and its products, floricultural and horticultural products; and
             88          (B) in the transportation of farm supplies, including tile, fence, and every other thing or
             89      commodity used in agricultural, floricultural, horticultural, livestock, and poultry production
             90      and maintenance.
             91          (b) The county shall provide to the registered owner who signs and submits a signed
             92      statement under this section a certificate of exemption from emission inspection requirements
             93      for purposes of registering the exempt vehicle.
             94          (5) (a) Subject to Subsection (5)(c), the legislative body of each county required under
             95      federal law to utilize a motor vehicle emissions inspection and maintenance program or in
             96      which an emissions inspection and maintenance program is necessary to attain or maintain any
             97      national ambient air quality standard may require each college or university located in a county
             98      subject to this section to require its students and employees who park a motor vehicle not
             99      registered in a county subject to this section to provide proof of compliance with an emissions
             100      inspection accepted by the county legislative body if the motor vehicle is parked on the college
             101      or university campus or property.
             102          (b) College or university parking areas that are metered or for which payment is
             103      required per use are not subject to the requirements of this Subsection (5).
             104          (c) The legislative body of a county shall make the reasons for implementing the
             105      provisions of this Subsection (5) part of the record at the time that the county legislative body
             106      takes its official action to implement the provisions of this Subsection (5).
             107          (6) (a) An emissions inspection station shall issue a certificate of emissions inspection
             108      for each motor vehicle that meets the inspection and maintenance program requirements
             109      established in rules made under Subsection (2).
             110          (b) The frequency of the emissions inspection shall be determined based on the age of
             111      the vehicle as determined by model year and shall be required annually subject to the
             112      provisions of Subsection (6)(c).
             113          (c) (i) To the extent allowed under the current federally approved state implementation

             114      plan, in accordance with the federal Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. Sec. 7401 et seq., the legislative
             115      body of a county identified in Subsection (1) shall only require the emissions inspection every
             116      two years for each vehicle.
             117          (ii) The provisions of Subsection (6)(c)(i) apply only to a vehicle that is less than six
             118      years old on January 1.
             119          (d) If an emissions inspection is only required every two years for a vehicle under
             120      Subsection (6)(c), the inspection shall be required for the vehicle in:
             121          (i) odd-numbered years for vehicles with odd-numbered model years; or
             122          (ii) in even-numbered years for vehicles with even-numbered model years.
             123          (7) The emissions inspection shall be required within the same time limit applicable to
             124      a safety inspection under Section 41-1a-205 .
             125          (8) (a) A county identified in Subsection (1) shall collect information about and
             126      monitor the program.
             127          (b) A county identified in Subsection (1) shall supply this information to an appropriate
             128      legislative committee, as designated by the Legislative Management Committee, at times
             129      determined by the designated committee to identify program needs, including funding needs.
             130          (9) If approved by the county legislative body, a county that had an established
             131      emissions inspection fee as of January 1, 2002, may increase the established fee that an
             132      emissions inspection station may charge by $2.50 for each year that is exempted from
             133      emissions inspections under Subsection (6)(c) up to a $7.50 increase.
             134          (10) (a) A county identified in Subsection (1) may impose a local emissions
             135      compliance fee on each motor vehicle registration within the county in accordance with the
             136      procedures and requirements of Section 41-1a-1223 .
             137          (b) A county that imposes a local emissions compliance fee shall use revenues
             138      generated from the fee for the establishment and enforcement of an emissions inspection and
             139      maintenance program in accordance with the requirements of this section.
             140          Section 2. Effective date.
             141          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect

             142      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             143      Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             144      the date of veto override.

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