Legislation (AB 616) to require annual smog-check inspections for vehicles 15 years old and older has been approved by the California Assembly and the Senate Transportation Committee. The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration on August 20. AB 616 would also require that funds generated through the additional inspection fees be deposited into an account which can be used to scrap older cars.
In 2004, a new California law was enacted to require lifetime testing of all '76-and-newer model-year vehicles. Pre-'76 motor vehicles would remain exempt under AB 616.
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