On March 22, 2016, notices were mailed out to approximately 9,500 motorists who own older vehicles that are now exempted from the New Jersey Vehicle Inspection Program due to the ending of tailpipe testing effective May 1, 2016.
These notices are only for vehicles due for inspection in May 2016. Similar mailings will continue for the next 24 months until all of the exempted vehicles have been notified.
The exempted vehicles that will be receiving the notification are as follows:
•passenger registered gasoline-powered vehicles model year 1995 & older with a GVWR 8,500 pounds or less; •passenger registered gasoline-powered vehicles model year 2007 & older with a GVWR 8,501 to 14,000 pounds; and•passenger registered gasoline-powered vehicles model year 2013 & older with a GVWR 14,001 pounds or more.
The exemption does not apply to commercially registered vehicles or “PVT” [Passenger Vehicle Transportation Vehicles (Omnibus, Hospital, Medical Transport etc.)].
The notice instructs applicable owners to remove the inspection sticker from the vehicle’s windshield, but NOT until the sticker has expired. If an exempted vehicle is presented for inspection prior to May 1, 2016, it may be inspected. If an exempted vehicle is presented on May 1, 2016 or later, it should NOT be inspected.
Even though some vehicles may now be exempt from inspection, vehicle owners still are required to maintain all mechanical and emissions equipment, and may at any time be cited for malfunctioning or missing required equipment.
For more information on changes to the emissions program, visit the NJ MVC’s New Cessation of Tailpipe Emission Testing page (http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Inspections/tailpipe.htm). A copy of the Motor Vehicle Advisory, issued on March 21, has been attached to this NewsLetter.