§ 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.
(P.L. 2000, ch. 280, § 1.)