Senate endorses delay of expanded emissions test

March 23, 1995|By Peter Jensen | Peter Jensen,Sun Staff Writer

Rejecting efforts to tamper with the compromise struck by the governor and legislative leaders, the Maryland Senate yesterday tentatively approved a bill that will spare motorists a more elaborate vehicle emissions test for 15 months.

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee had recommended even more stringent action against the emissions program, but those changes were rejected on the Senate floor.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening and House and Senate leaders had agreed to the delay of the expanded test in the face of public outcry against two controversial procedures -- a 4-minute treadmill run and a pressure test that required hoses underneath a car's hood be unhooked.

The House already has agreed to the delay.

The only difference between the two bodies is how much to charge motorists.

The Senate has set a fee of $12 per car for the current tailpipe test and $14 when the additional procedures are added.

The House has approved a $14 fee for the current test and $17 for the expanded test.

State transportation officials have indicated that the fees under the House version would make the program self-sufficient.

Otherwise, it will have to be subsidized by tax dollars set aside for highway and transit projects.

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