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On Friday, August 27, the California Legislature approved a bill known as A.B. 2683. This bill would repeal the state`s current pro-hobbyist emissions-test exemption for vehicles 30 years old and older. It includes amendments that do not protect car collectors and is being opposed by SEMA and the major car organizations in California. This bill would require:

* All vehicles with post-1975 model year insured as collector cars (driven only to parades and exhibitions), and at least 35-years old to continue in the Smog Check program for the life of the vehicle.

* Revisions to the Smog Check testing regimen for these qualifying vehicles, including a tailpipe test, functional inspection of the fuel cap, and a visual inspection for fuel leaks. The vehicle would also be forced to comply with the exhaust emissions standards for the vehicle`s class and model year as prescribed by California regulators.


CONTACT YOUR GOVERNOR TODAY!

The bill is now in the hands of the Governor who can choose to veto it or sign it into law. We urge you to contact the Governor immediately to request his veto of A.B. 2683! He can be reached at:

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
FAX: 916-445-4633
E-mail: www.govmail.ca.gov
 

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Darn, that bill affects both my cars, and yes I did respond to Gov. Arnold, almost immediately. Thanx for the info.
 

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after some looking around I found some interesting info in the bill. i am posting the entire text of the bill, and highlighting the parts that are specific to us CA opelers. i highlighted the important sections in red. the first part is legislative summary. the second part is the actual confusing bill.


BILL NUMBER: AB 2683 AMENDED
BILL TEXT



FEBRUARY 20, 2004

An act to amend Section 44011 of the Health and Safety Code, and
to amend Sections 4000.1 and 4000.2 of the Vehicle Code, relating to
air pollution.



LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2683, as amended, Lieber. Air pollution: smog check.
(1) Existing law establishes a motor vehicle inspection and
maintenance program (smog check), administered by the Department of
Consumer Affairs and the State Air Resources Board, that provides for
the inspection of all motor vehicles, except those specifically
exempted from the program, upon registration, biennially upon renewal
of registration, upon transfer of ownership, and in certain other
circumstances. Existing law requires the Department of Motor
Vehicles to require any motor vehicle subject to those requirements
to demonstrate compliance with those requirements. Existing law also
establishes an enhanced motor vehicle inspection and maintenance
program (smog check II) in each urbanized area of the state, any part
of which is classified by the United States Environmental Protection
Agency as a serious, severe, or extreme nonattainment area for
specified air contaminants. Existing law also requires the smog tests
to include, at minimum, loaded mode dynamometer testing in enhanced
areas, and 2-speed testing in all other program areas, and a visual
or functional check of emission control devices specified by the
department. Existing law exempted from those requirements, until
January 1, 2003, any motor vehicle manufactured prior to the 1974
model-year, and after that date, any motor vehicle that is 30 or more
model years old.
This bill would instead, commencing April 1, 2005, exempt from the
smog check requirements, and the smog check compliance requirements,
any motor vehicle manufactured prior to the 1976 model-year.

Existing law exempts from existing smog-check requirements, any
motor vehicle 4 or less model-years old and also exempts any motor
vehicle up to 6 model-years old, unless the state board determines
that the exemption would prohibit the state from meeting specified
requirements of the federal Clean Air Act.
This bill would, commencing January 1, 2005, make the exemption
for any motor vehicle 4 or less model-years old inapplicable if the
state board makes those same determinations regarding the
requirements of the federal act.
The bill would also provide that defined collector motor
vehicles for which proof of insurance is submitted on that basis in
accordance with regulations of the Bureau of Automotive Repair, and
that are at least 35 model years old, shall be subject to otherwise
applicable exhaust emissions standards, but shall not be required to
pass a visual and functional inspection of emission equipment, other
than a functional inspection of the fuel cap and a visual inspection
for liquid fuel leaks.
(2) Under existing law, the Department of Motor Vehicles, with
certain exceptions, is required to obtain submission of a valid smog
check certificate of compliance or noncompliance, as appropriate, in
order to register a motor vehicle previously registered outside the
state. Among other exemptions, from this requirement, existing law
exempts 1965 or earlier model-year motor vehicles.
This bill, commencing April 1, 2005, would instead apply the
model-year exemption that is applicable to vehicles registered in
this state. The bill would also make technical clarifying changes.
(3) Existing law makes any violation of the smog check
requirements a misdemeanor.
To the extent that the bill would impose the smog check
requirements on additional vehicles on and after April 1, 2005, this
bill would impose a state-mandated local program by expanding the
scope of a crime.
(4) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse
local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the
state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that
reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this
act for a specified reason.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:


SECTION 1. (a) It is the intent of the Legislature, in enacting
the act adding this section, to ensure that vehicles, of the 1975
model-year and older are permanently exempted from the biennial
compliance requirement of the motor vehicle inspection and
maintenance (smog check) program.

(b) It is further the intent of the Legislature to ensure that the
Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Consumer Affairs
have adequate time to comply with the requirements of the act adding
this section by delaying the operation of the act until April 1,
2005.
SEC. 2. Section 44011 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to
read:
44011. (a) All motor vehicles powered by internal combustion
engines that are registered within an area designated for program
coverage shall be required biennially to obtain a certificate of
compliance or noncompliance, except for all of the following:
(1) Every motorcycle, and every diesel-powered vehicle, until the
department, pursuant to Section 44012, implements test procedures
applicable to motorcycles or to diesel-powered vehicles, or both.
(2) Any motor vehicle that has been issued a certificate of
compliance or noncompliance or a repair cost waiver upon a change of
ownership or initial registration in this state during the preceding
six months.
(3) Any motor vehicle manufactured prior to the 1976 model-year.
(4) (A) Any Except as provided in
subparagraph (B), any motor vehicle four or less model-years
old.
(B) Beginning January 1, 2004 2005 ,
any motor vehicle up to six six or less
model-years old, unless the state board finds that providing an
exception for these vehicles will prohibit the state from meeting
the requirements of Section 176(c) of the federal Clean Air Act (42
U.S.C. Sec. 7401 et seq.) or the state's commitments with respect to
the state implementation plan required by the federal Clean Air Act.

(C) Any motor vehicle excepted by this paragraph shall be subject
to testing and to certification requirements as determined by the
department, if any of the following apply:
(i) The department determines through remote sensing activities or
other means that there is a substantial probability that the vehicle
has a tampered emission control system or would fail for other cause
a smog check test as specified in Section 44012.
(ii) The vehicle was previously registered outside this state and
is undergoing initial registration in this state.
(iii) The vehicle is being registered as a specially constructed
vehicle.
(iv) The vehicle has been selected for testing pursuant to Section
44014.7 or any other provision of this chapter authorizing
out-of-cycle testing.
(5) In addition to the vehicles exempted pursuant to paragraph
(4), any motor vehicle or class of motor vehicles exempted pursuant
to subdivision (b) of Section 44024.5. It is the intent of the
Legislature that the department, pursuant to the authority granted by
this paragraph, exempt at least 15 percent of the lowest emitting
motor vehicles from the biennial smog check inspection.
(6) Any motor vehicle that the department determines would present
prohibitive inspection or repair problems.
(7) Any vehicle registered to the owner of a fleet licensed
pursuant to Section 44020 if the vehicle is garaged exclusively
outside the area included in program coverage, and is not primarily
operated inside the area included in program coverage.
(b) Vehicles designated for program coverage in enhanced areas
shall be required to obtain inspections from appropriate smog check
stations operating in enhanced areas.
(c) For purposes of subdivision (a), any collector motor vehicle,
as defined in Section 259 of the Vehicle Code, is exempt from those
portions of the test required by subdivision (f) of Section 44012 if
the collector motor vehicle meets all of the following criteria:
(1) Submission of proof that the motor vehicle is insured as a
collector motor vehicle, as shall be required by regulation of the
bureau.
(2) The motor vehicle is at least 35 model years old.
(3) The motor vehicle complies with the exhaust emissions
standards for that motor vehicle's class and model year as prescribed
by the department, and the motor vehicle passes a functional
inspection of the fuel cap and a visual inspection for liquid fuel
leaks.
SEC. 3. Section 4000.1 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:
4000.1. (a) Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (b), (c),
or (d) of this section, or subdivision (b) of Section 43654 of the
Health and Safety Code, the department shall require upon initial
registration, and upon transfer of ownership and registration, of any
motor vehicle subject to Part 5 (commencing with Section 43000) of
Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code, a valid certificate of
compliance or a certificate of noncompliance, as appropriate, issued
in accordance with Section 44015 of the Health and Safety Code.
(b) With respect to new motor vehicles certified pursuant to
Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 43100) of Part 5 of Division 26 of
the Health and Safety Code, the department shall accept a statement
completed pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 24007 in lieu of the
certificate of compliance.
(c) For purposes of determining the validity of a certificate of
compliance or noncompliance submitted in compliance with the
requirements of this section, the definitions of new and used motor
vehicle contained in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 39010) of
Part 1 of Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code shall control.
(d) Subdivision (a) does not apply to a transfer of ownership and
registration under any of the following circumstances
:
(1) The initial application for transfer is submitted within the
90-day validity period of a smog certificate as specified in Section
44015 of the Health and Safety Code.
(2) The transferor is the parent, grandparent, sibling, child,
grandchild, or spouse of the transferee.
(3) A motor vehicle registered to a sole proprietorship is
transferred to the proprietor as owner.
(4) The transfer is between companies whose principal business is
leasing motor vehicles, if there is no change in the lessee or
operator of the motor vehicle or between the lessor and the person
who has been, for at least one year, the lessee's operator of the
motor vehicle.
(5) The transfer is between the lessor and lessee of the motor
vehicle, if there is no change in the lessee or operator of the motor
vehicle.
(6) The motor vehicle was manufactured prior to the 1976
model-year.
(7) Beginning January 1, 2005, the transfer is for a motor vehicle
that is four or less model years old. The department shall impose a
fee of eight dollars ($8) on the transferee of a motor vehicle that
is four or less model-years old. Revenues generated from the
imposition of that fee shall be deposited into the Vehicle Inspection
and Repair Fund.
(e) The State Air Resources Board, under Part 5 (commencing with
Section 43000) of Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code, may
exempt designated classifications of motor vehicles from subdivision
(a) as it deems necessary, and shall notify the department of that
action.
(f) Subdivision (a) does not apply to a motor vehicle when an
additional individual is added as a registered owner of the motor
vehicle.
(g) For purposes of subdivision (a), any collector motor vehicle,
as defined in Section 259, is exempt from those portions of the test
required by subdivision (f) of Section 44012 of the Health and Safety
Code, if the collector motor vehicle meets all of the following
criteria:
(1) Submission of proof that the motor vehicle is insured as a
collector motor vehicle, as shall be required by regulation of the
bureau.
(2) The motor vehicle is at least 35 model years old.
(3) The motor vehicle complies with the exhaust emissions
standards for that motor vehicle's class and model year as prescribed
by the department, and the motor vehicle passes a functional
inspection of the fuel cap and a visual inspection for liquid fuel
leaks.
SEC. 4. Section 4000.2 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:
4000.2. (a) Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (b) of
Section 43654 of the Health and Safety Code, and, commencing on April
1, 2005, except for model years exempted from biennial inspection
pursuant to Section 44011 of the Health and Safety Code, the
department shall require upon registration of a motor vehicle subject
to Part 5 (commencing with Section 43000) of Division 26 of the
Health and Safety Code, previously registered outside this state, a
valid certificate of compliance or a certificate of noncompliance, as
appropriate, issued in accordance with Section 44015 of the Health
and Safety Code.
(b) For the purposes of determining the validity of a certificate
of compliance or noncompliance submitted in compliance with the
requirements of this section, the definitions of new and used motor
vehicle contained in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 39010) of
Part 1 of Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code shall control.
SEC. 5. The amendments to Sections 43843 and 44004 of the Health
and Safety Code proposed by Senate Bill 1615, if enacted, shall not
be operative.
SEC. 6. No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the
Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the
meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California
Constitution.
SEC. 7. This act shall become operative on April 1, 2005.
 

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OOPS! :eek:

to read the actuall highlighted text youll have to highlight it with your mouse.

this bill does not actually affect us Opelers in CA. but as for any bill dealing with increasing smog regs it should be summarily vetoed.
 

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Well, so far it won't impact the GT as yet, although it will be able to pass any smog test thrown at it right now. But, it definately impacts the monza, if the bill passes, my plans for engine upgrades to include a 4 bbl carb and dual exhaust are out the window. I just have to wait, again, to see if I can do what I wanted to do before this bill was written. :mad:
 

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opelwasp said:
OOPS! :eek:
to read the actuall highlighted text youll have to highlight it with your mouse.
I edited it to be red. A bit easier to read
 
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