California already has the strictest CARB emission standard in the nation, and a new bill by California State Senator Fran Paveley (D) intends to require all motorcycles (beginning with model year 2000) to be tested in 2012 under the California State’s vehicle “smog check” program. According to standing state California state law, the “smog check” program was designed to service cars. Because of that, motorcycles were to be exempt “until the Department of Consumer Affairs implements test procedures applicable to motorcycles”. Under the new legislation, the department is to prescribe test procedures for motorcycles by July 1, 2011.
Opponents say the bill is simply a thinly veiled attempt to levy yet another fee to offset the California State record budget deficit and points to a recent raid of the OHV trust fund of $90 million dollars for non-OHV related expenditures. The bikes potentially affected are in fact the cleanest in the nation, having already been required to meet the stricter California CARB emissions standards years prior to similar requirements being adopted nationally by the federal EPA.
To oppose this proposed Bill, contact State Senator Fran Pavley, Capitol Office – Room 4035, Sacramento, CA 95814. http://dist23.casen.govoffice.com/ Tel: 916-651-4023. Fax: 916-324-4823. Chief of Staff: Elizabeth Fenton