Legislation to exempt all vehicles manufactured in the ’74 model year and earlier from the state’s mandatory biennial emissions inspection program was signed into law in 2011. Under previous law, only vehicles manufactured in ’66 and earlier and “collectibles” were exempt.
President Obama ordered the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen the fuel-economy standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.
Legislation to exempt collectible vehicles of any age from emissions testing was approved by the Washington House Environment Committee.
Legislation to amend the state’s current law defining historical motor vehicles to permit their use on public roads to and from a location where maintenance is performed was combined with another bill and approved by the House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.
Legislation has been introduced to require the state to issue exempt certificates for motor vehicles not required to be inspected. Under current law, motorcycles, registered historic motor vehicles, motor vehicles designated as collector vehicles and certain diesel-powered passenger motor vehicles built before the ’97 model year are exempt from emissions inspections and equipment inspections.
Legislation requiring a vehicle emissions inspection facility, at the request of the owner of a vehicle that has failed an on-board diagnostics test, to immediately conduct an exhaust emissions test of the vehicle at no cost to the owner will be considered by the House Environmental Matters Committee, February 14, 2014.
Legislation authorizing a county or municipality to impose an annual surcharge for the registration of a motor vehicle will be considered by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, February 19, 2014.
Kentucky legislation to change the valuation procedure on vehicles registered in the state for purposes of the property tax was amended and approved by the House Transportation Committee. Under the amendment, newer vehicles would be valued at the “average trade-in” value.
A Florida man has been charged with one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods—an offence that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.
The Obama Administration has again delayed the requirement for businesses with 50–99 employees to offer health care coverage. Mid-sized firms will now have until January 1, 2016, to comply with the law’s obligation to offer coverage or pay a penalty.