1. a. The department, after consultation with the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles, shall have the power to formulate and promulgate, amend and repeal codes, rules and regulations establishing standards and requirements for the control of air contaminants from motor vehicles.
b. The department, after consultation with the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles, shall adopt rules and regulations, consistent with the federal Clean Air Act, establishing exhaust emission standards and test methods and standards for emission control apparatus and related items. The department shall not require the "I/M 240" test, but shall adopt an alternative test that is acceptable to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The department may provide that the standards and test methods vary according to the model year, type, or other vehicle characteristic that the department deems necessary to facilitate inspections or to comply with the federal Clean Air Act. The emission standards and test methods adopted pursuant to this subsection shall not set any quota for emission test failures and shall not require the failure of motor vehicles at any predetermined rate. This subsection shall not preclude the use of the "I/M 240" test in sampling for performance evaluation only or the use of the test at the option of a private inspection facility.
L.1966,c.16,s.1; amended 1967,c.106,s.11; 1995,c.112,s.37; 1995,c.157,s.32.