JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Drivers from a few Pennsylvania counties might see emissions tests being required, come to an end in the near future.
Senator Wayne Langerholc sponsored Senate Bill 744, that would remove the vehicle emissions testing programs. That bill was passed by the Senate Transportation Committee Thursday.
“They can be removed their national ambient air quality has met the standards. This bill addresses that to reduce the needs for emissions testing,” says Langerholc.
Drivers need to have their emissions test before it can pass a safety test. That idea doesn’t make sense for Jeffrey Yost, manager of Advantage Auto Service.
“For me, if it’s not safe to be on the road, why should it even have to pass emissions?”
Langerholc says he’s heard from countless people in favor of the bill.
“Not a day goes by where I’m in the grocery store, or at one of my children’s activities that someone doesn’t come up to me and say why do we continue to have to pay emissions when our county is meeting its standards?”
Langerholc also says that this is just the first step and that he would continue to look out for the people of Western Pennsylvania.