AB 550, as amended, Waldron. Smog check: exemption: fee.
Existing law establishes a motor vehicle inspection and maintenance program, commonly known as smog check, that is administered by the Department of Consumer Affairs. The smog check program requires inspection of motor vehicles upon initial registration, biennially upon renewal of registration, upon transfer of ownership, and in certain other circumstances. Existing law exempts specified vehicles from being inspected biennially upon renewal of registration, including, among others, all motor vehicles manufactured prior to the 1976 model-year. Existing law establishes an annual smog abatement fee for specified motor vehicles exempt from being inspected biennially upon renewal of registration.
Existing law establishes the Air Quality Improvement Program that is administered by the State Air Resources Board for the purposes of funding projects related to, among other things, reduction of criteria air pollutants and improvement of air quality. Existing law requires, until January 1, 2024, that a portion of the registration fees for motor vehicles and vessels be deposited into the Air Quality Improvement Fund and, upon appropriation, be expended for the implementation of the program. Existing law specifies the types of projects that are eligible to receive funding under the program.
This bill would allow
begin delete an owner of a motor vehicle that isend delete subject to the
smog check program to pay a $200 smog abatement fee in lieu of passing a smog test if the motor vehicle meets specified criteria. The bill would require the fee to be deposited in the Air Quality Improvement Fund.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 44011.7 is added to the Health and Safety
14Code, to read:
(a) The owner of a motor vehicle that is required to
16obtain a certificate of compliance pursuant to Section 44011 may
17elect to pay a smog abatement fee of two hundred dollars ($200)
18if the motor vehicle meets all of the following criteria:
19(1) Is 30 or more model-years old.
20(2) Was manufactured during or after the 1976 model-year.
21(3) Fails a smog test required pursuant to this chapter.
22(4) Fails a subsequent smog test after necessary repairs were
24(b) Payment of the smog abatement fee established pursuant to
25this section shall be made to the Department of Motor Vehicles at
26the time of the registration of the motor vehicle.
P3 1(c) Fees collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited in
2the Air Quality Improvement Fund created by Section 44274.5.