Motor vehicle emissions inspections; privatizes services now provided by DEQ, etc. (SB502)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Emissions inspections.  Privatizes services now provided by the Department of Environmental Quality related to vehicle emissions inspections. The bill also updates authorized testing equipment, allows use of wireless systems to increase convenience, and replaces program validation required by the Clean Air Act with randomly assigned free emissions tests performed when vehicles undergo state safety inspection. Savings generated are dedicated to transportation maintenance projects. The bill removes language related to emissions testing in the Richmond area and establishes an enhanced emissions inspection program for areas other than Northern Virginia. Surplus funds from the program are dedicated to transportation maintenance in those localities required to have basic emissions inspections. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12
01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103057D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/19/2012Assigned Trans sub: #1
02/01/2012Reported from Transportation with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2012Committee substitute printed 12104889D-S1
02/03/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2012Read second time
02/06/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104889D-S1
02/06/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB502S1
02/07/2012Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2012Placed on Calendar
02/13/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/15/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB502S1)
02/21/2012Reported from Transportation (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2012Read second time
02/24/2012Read third time
02/24/2012Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/24/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2012Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB502ER)
02/29/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB502ER)
02/29/2012Signed by President
02/29/2012Signed by Speaker
04/09/2012Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/10/2012Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/17/2012Placed on Calendar
04/18/2012Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012House concurred in Governor's recommendation (96-Y 0-N)
04/18/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/18/2012Reenrolled bill text (SB502ER2)
04/18/2012Signed by President as reenrolled
04/18/2012Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/18/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 824 (effective 7/1/12)
04/18/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0824)


This bill mentions Colonial Heights, Chesterfield, Henrico, Richmond, Prince William, Manassas, Manassas Park, Alexandria, Arlington, Loudoun.


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1072.


Greg Mathieson writes:

First off I have a car that I purchased some 21 years ago, a 1990 Jaguar. It's still required to have an emissions inspection, yet they don't make parts for the emission system anymore, not even after market parts. Why can't we lower the 25 year cut off to something more reasonable, like 20 years. And the other issue, is why does DMV print out a 7.5 inch x 4 inch car registration card. Ever try and fit it into you wallet. Doesn't happen. If they can print out a license, why not print out a registration.