Metro council votes to extend emissions testing

Emissions Testing

Emissions Testing

Metro Council voted 28-7 at Tuesday night’s meeting to continue the emissions testing program in Davidson County.

The resolution is in light of a bill approved by state lawmakers that eliminates mandatory emissions tests in six counties, including Davidson County, if they meet the Environmental Protection Agency's air quality standards.

Governor Bill Haslam signed the bill into law on Tuesday.

The resolution's passing allows the city to continue the emissions contracts approved last year through 2022. The council will review emissions testing in Nashville when the contracts expire in four years.

“It does not say that we are for or against [emissions testing], it just gives us the option when the contract in 2022 expires,” said at-large council member Erica Gilmore, who co-sponsored the resolution. “Until then, the Health Department is gathering data and at that point we will decide if we need to continue vehicle inspection or discontinue.”

Council members Burkley Allen (District 18), Erica Gilmore (At-Large) and Mina Johnson (District 23) sponsored the resolution.

The council meets in the David Scobey Council Chambers at the Metro Courthouse, located at 1 Public Square in Nashville.

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