California Senator Wants to Smog Test Cycles

A California state senator has introduced legislation that would require motorcycles to participate in the state's vehicle "smog check" program.

Sen. Fran Pavely (D) is the main sponsor of the bill (SB 435) which would require all motorcycles beginning with model year 2000 to be tested starting in 2012.

The smog check program was designed to service cars. Because of that, motorcycles were to be exempt "until the Department of Consumer Affairs implements test procedures applicable to motorcycles," according to standing state California state law. Under the new legislation, the department is to prescribe test procedures for motorcycles by July 1, 2011.

Pavley represents Senate Dist. 23 - including portions of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties - in the California Legislature. She was elected to the Senate in Nov. 2008 and was immediately appointed to chair the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.

Prior to her election to the Senate, Pavley served three terms in the California State Assembly, where she championed AB 1493 (Clean Car Regulations), now known as the "Pavley" law. It is projected to receive a federal EPA waiver early in 2009, clearing the way for implementation of the most stringent truck and automobile fuel efficiency and emission standards in the nation.

A former public middle school teacher, Pavley was also the first mayor of Agoura Hills. She served as a mayor and councilmember for four terms.

- Submitted by Guido Ebert