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#10 of 35 Re: Prius exempt from smog checks in Ca [rpgolfer #3485]
Jul 01, 2004 (10:36 am)
El Sobrante - Cool. I grew up in Orinda and now live in Atlanta.
#11 of 35 Prius smog testing
Jul 01, 2004 (6:52 am)
Last year I smogged my '84 Corvette and they performed the "dyno" test on rollers.
Didn't we have an earlier post alluding to somewhere in the midwest, Kansas, Nebraska or around there where the state was going to impose an "extra fee" on vehicle registrations for hybrids that don't pay as much at-the-pump tax due to high mpg? I wouldn't put it past the state gov't here in California to find some other way to get money. If they can't find it in the right pocket, they'll get it from the left pocket. I hope that the bill that's up before the feds gets passed allowing hybrids to use the "diamond" lanes (high occupancy vehicle) during rush hour regardless of number of passengers. Currently only natural gas powered and selected others are exemptto the number of passengers req'd.
#12 of 35 Re: Prius smog testing [rpgolfer #3493]
Jul 01, 2004 (8:22 am)
Nebraska has a special fee for hybrid cars like the Prius, I think it's $75, to make up for loss of revenue from reduced at-the-pump taxes. I don't know if other states have a similar fee.
#13 of 35 Re: Prius smog testing [backy #3496]
Jul 01, 2004 (9:01 am)
That doesn't seem fair. Are you saying if a person buys an extra efficient car, he is penalized to make up for the loss in road tax? I thought less fuel use and lower emissions benefits everyone.
#14 of 35 Re: Prius smog testing [rpgolfer #3493]
Jul 01, 2004 (9:07 am)
If your diamond lanes are like ours in San Diego, with limited access. I don't like getting on them, invariably I get behind someone cruising at 55 mph. You are stuck with the rest of the lanes whizzing by at 75 mph. I think the exemption from smog checks on hybrid vehicles is probably a good deal. If people only knew how corrupt that whole smog check system is in CA. they would revolt.
#15 of 35 Re: Prius smog testing [gagrice #3497]
Jul 01, 2004 (10:41 am)
Good thinking. Of course they would never ask for an extra fee for all of those people out there driving 15+ year old cars who do most of the pulluting.