SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6329





                        57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the Senate February 16, 2002

  YEAS 47   NAYS 0




President of the Senate


Passed by the House March 5, 2002

  YEAS 96   NAYS 0



I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is  SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6329 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.




Speaker of the

      House of Representatives









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Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                    SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6329



             Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session


State of Washington   57th Legislature        2002 Regular Session


By Senate Committee on Environment, Energy & Water (originally sponsored by Senators Regala, Honeyford, Fraser, Jacobsen and Winsley)


READ FIRST TIME 02/01/2002.

Exempting certain hybrid vehicles from emission control inspection requirements. 

    AN ACT Relating to exempting certain hybrid vehicles from emission control inspection requirements; and amending RCW 46.16.015.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 46.16.015 and 1998 c 342 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) Neither the department of licensing nor its agents may issue or renew a motor vehicle license for any vehicle or change the registered owner of a licensed vehicle, for any vehicle that is required to be inspected under chapter 70.120 RCW, unless the application for issuance or renewal is:  (a) Accompanied by a valid certificate of compliance or a valid certificate of acceptance issued pursuant to chapter 70.120 RCW; or (b) exempted from this requirement pursuant to subsection (2) of this section.  The certificates must have a date of validation which is within six months of the date of application for the vehicle license or license renewal.  Certificates for fleet or owner tested diesel vehicles may have a date of validation which is within twelve months of the assigned license renewal date.

    (2) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to the following vehicles:

    (a) New motor vehicles whose equitable or legal title has never been transferred to a person who in good faith purchases the vehicle for purposes other than resale;

    (b) Motor vehicles with a model year of 1967 or earlier;

    (c) Motor vehicles that use propulsion units powered exclusively by electricity;

    (d) Motor vehicles fueled by propane, compressed natural gas, or liquid petroleum gas, unless it is determined that federal sanctions will be imposed as a result of this exemption;

    (e) Motorcycles as defined in RCW 46.04.330 and motor-driven cycles as defined in RCW 46.04.332;

    (f) Farm vehicles as defined in RCW 46.04.181;

    (g) Used vehicles which are offered for sale by a motor vehicle dealer licensed under chapter 46.70 RCW;

    (h) Classes of motor vehicles exempted by the director of the department of ecology;

    (i) Collector cars as identified by the department of licensing under RCW 46.16.305(1); ((or))

    (j) Beginning January 1, 2000, vehicles that are less than five years old or more than twenty-five years old; or

    (k) Hybrid motor vehicles that obtain a rating by the environmental protection agency of at least fifty miles per gallon of gas during city driving.  For purposes of this section, a hybrid motor vehicle is one that uses propulsion units powered by both electricity and gas.

    The provisions of (a) of this subsection may not be construed as exempting from the provisions of subsection (1) of this section applications for the renewal of licenses for motor vehicles that are or have been leased.

    (3) The department of ecology shall provide information to motor vehicle owners regarding the boundaries of emission contributing areas and restrictions established under this section that apply to vehicles registered in such areas.  In addition the department of ecology shall provide information to motor vehicle owners on the relationship between motor vehicles and air pollution and steps motor vehicle owners should take to reduce motor vehicle related air pollution.  The department of licensing shall send to all registered motor vehicle owners affected by the emission testing program notice that they must have an emission test to renew their registration.


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