Vehicle Emissions Program Gets A Makeover

The Motor Vehicle Administration is modifying the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) in an effort to save taxpayers time and money. The changes, which include extending initial VEIP inspections for new vehicles by one year, are in line with recommendations from the Governor’s Regulatory Reform Commission’s 2016 report.

From the Governor’s press release:

“Our administration remains committed to enacting common sense solutions that provide increased value for Maryland taxpayers and improve customer service, while protecting the health of our environment,” said Governor Hogan. “This change will put more than $2 million back into the pockets of Maryland taxpayers and maintain critical environmental protections.”

Numerous advancements in vehicle technology over the years have allowed for streamlined VEIP regulations. For example, computerized on-board diagnostic testing is now occurring on the overwhelming majority of vehicles in Maryland. …

The regulations will be submitted to Maryland General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR). When implemented, the enhancements will take effect January 1, 2018. In addition to taxpayer savings, the regulatory change will also save the state approximately $90,000 annually in reduced mailing and credit card fees.