Vehicle emissions testing to continue in Metro after state requirement ends

Dec 2, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- Tennessee vehicle emissions testing may end next year, or 2021 at the latest.


The federal government will likely grant Davidson, Hamilton, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties permission to opt out of testing.


A recent state air quality study reportedly concluded testing is no longer needed. But the Nashville Council has already voted to continue emissions tests through at least 2022.


State Senator Ferrell Haile represents a small slice of Davidson County. He believes continued testing is a mistake.


“I don’t think they’re taking care of their constituents, the citizens of Metropolitan Nashville by doing that. It’s a tax on lower income folks that can least afford. it.”

John McFadden with the Tennessee Environmental Council calls the move to end testing “regressive” environmental policy. He says Tennessee will likley see higher rates of heart disease, lung disease, and asthma as a result.