in Colorado eases the emissions testing schedule for heavy-duty trucks.
has been passed by both houses of the state's Legislature and was sent
to Gov. Bill Owens for his signature.
exempts heavy-duty trucks – which it defines as those with a gross vehicle
weight rating of 14,000 pounds or greater – from opacity testing if they
are less than four years old. It also allows automated testing if the truck
is less than 10 years old. In addition, if the vehicle is less than 10
years old, the bill requires testing every 24 months; older vehicles face
are automatically issued an emissions-compliance certificate. However,
used trucks cannot be sold or transferred unless the testing has been done.
also removes some criminal penalties from the emissions-testing law.