Motor and Other Vehicles

CHAPTER 31-47.2
Heavy Duty Diesel Vehicle Emission Inspections

SECTION 31-47.2-1

§ 31-47.2-1. Legislative findings.

The general assembly finds and declares that:

(1) Exhaust emissions from heavy-duty diesel engines used in trucks and buses traveling within Rhode Island contribute significantly to air pollution within the state;

(2) Heavy-duty diesel engines in a poor state of repair emit higher levels of pollution than engines that are well maintained;

(3) Citizens of Rhode Island frequently raise concerns about emissions from heavy-duty diesel engines;

(4) These emissions diminish the quality of life and health of our citizens;

(5) Technology exists to determine the level of exhaust emissions from heavy-duty vehicles;

(6) Maintenance and repair procedures are available that can readily be employed to correct unacceptable exhaust emissions;

(7) Rhode Island is a party to a memorandum of understanding among states of the northeast United States in which each state agreed to use its best efforts to implement heavy-duty diesel testing programs consistent with the elements of the memorandum of understanding; and

(8) It is in the public interest to establish a program regulating exhaust emissions from heavy-duty diesel trucks and buses traveling within Rhode Island.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2000, ch. 280, § 1.)