WILLIAMSPORT – Rep. Jamie Flick (R-Lycoming/Union) will soon introduce legislation to save Lycoming County vehicle owners from the costs and inconvenience of vehicle emissions inspections.
Specifically, Flick’s bill would petition the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove Lycoming County from its Vehicle Emissions Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Program.
“Emissions inspections place a substantial financial burden on the citizens of Pennsylvania, particularly low-income individuals and small business owners,” said Flick. “The costs associated with inspection fees, potential repairs and time off from work for the testing process all create undue hardship on our communities, especially now that PennDOT has raised the minimum waiver expenditure for an emissions inspection from $150 to $450. Opting Lycoming County out of the program would provide much-needed relief to our constituents who are struggling to make ends meet.”
The I/M program’s initial intentions were to reduce air pollution and promote environmental conservation by requiring admissions tests during yearly vehicle inspections. However, due to the surge of newer and more fuel-efficient vehicles on the state’s roadways, Flick is calling for a reassessment of the program’s efficacy and necessity.
Representative Jamie Flick
83rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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