For owners of some older Mustangs in California, essentially models made from 1976 onwards, the repeal of CARB's 30 year rolling exemption of smog tests in 2004 was undoubtedly a bitter blow, since it required the permanent emissions testing of all vehicles registered for road use in the Golden State that were manufactured for the 1976 model year or newer.
Despite protests at the introduction of the law and widespread support from both enthusiasts and the Specialty Equipment Market Association's Action Network against it, any attempt to overturn it has so far proved unsuccessful.
Now however, it looks like there might be a ray of hope. California's State Senate has introduced a bill from Senator Doug LaMalfa (S.B. 1224) that aims to exempt all pre 1981 model year vehicles for state smog inspections. Now while this probably isn't particularly great news for most Mustang enthusiasts (1981-93 Fox fans, we are thinking of you), it's at least a step in the right direction and if passed by the Senate, this bill could lead to further developments that enable vintage and classic vehicle owners to enjoy their rides responsibly, without facing the threat of overbearing and largely counterproductive legislation.
The bill is scheduled to go before the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on March 27 and the SEMA Action Network is encouraging enthusiasts to contact each member of the committee for their support of S.B. 1224 as soon as possible. A full listing of each member and contact information is provided below. Please email Steve MacDonald (firstname.lastname@example.org) a copy of each letter sent and spread the word to fellow car enthusiasts and urge them to join SAN, after all, there's strength in numbers.
Senate Transportation and Housing Committee
To e-mail all members of the Committee, copy and paste the email address block below:
email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; Senator.Kehoe@sen.ca.gov; Senator.Lowenthal@sen.ca.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; Senator.Wyland@senate.ca.gov
Senator Mark DeSaulnier (Chair)
Phone: (916) 651-4007
Senator Ted Gaines (Vice Chair)
Phone: (916) 651-4001
Senator Tom Harman
Phone: (916) 651-4035
Senator Christine Kehoe
Phone: (916) 651-4039
Senator Alan Lowenthal
Phone: (916) 651-4027
Senator Fran Pavley
Phone: (916) 651-4023
Senator Michael Rubio
Phone: (916) 651-4016
Senator Joe Simitian
Phone: (916) 651-4011
Senator Mark Wyland
Phone: (916) 651-4038