Cessation of Tailpipe Emission Testing

Beginning May 1, 2016, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has changed the inspection requirements for certain vehicles. Due to the cessation of tailpipe emission testing, the following passenger vehicles now will be exempted from inspection:

  • Gasoline powered vehicles registered passenger, model year 1995 & older with a GVWR 8,500 pounds or less.
  • Gasoline powered vehicles registered passenger, model year 2007 & older with a GVWR 8,501 to 14,000 pounds.
  • Gasoline powered vehicles registered passenger, model year 2013 & older with a GVWR 14,001 pounds or more. (More reason than ever to get a Unimog!)

Someday the under 8,500lbs will reach reach 2001 and I’ll never again have to sit in line at the inspection station in fear that my Jag will cycle the emission test and throw its small evap leak code.

ETA: Or not, since it seems to be based on OBDII. But do larger cars from 2007 on not have OBDII?