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Arizona asks EPA to exempt motorcycles from emissions tests

November 18, 2009

Arizona asks EPA to exempt motorcycles from emissions tests

The state of Arizona is asking the federal government to lift emissions testing requirements for motorcycles in the Phoenix metro area.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality on Wednesday petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to exempt motorcycles from such testing.

The ADEQ said Wednesday motorcycles make up only 3.5 percent of vehicles tested in the Valley and not only are emissions failure rates among motorcycles down, repairs to put them in compliance do not substantially help air quality.

The state said Phoenix is the only major metro area in the U.S. where motorcycles are required to be tested for emissions.

The EPA requires metro areas and regions of the U.S. with air pollution and air quality problems to test cars, trucks and other vehicles for emissions. Vehicles with excessive emission are required by the government to be repaired. EPA would need to approve an exemption before next July for it to take effect.

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