State Reps. Diane V. Grendell (R-Chester Township) and Gail Pavliga (R-Atwater) have introduced a resolution that calls for the elimination of the E-Check program under the Federal Clean Air Act.
The program requires Ohio citizens living within Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit counties to get their vehicles tested every two years to pass regulatory emissions requirements.
“E-Check imposes a burdensome and costly motor vehicle emissions testing requirements on the citizens of Northeast Ohio and wastes their valuable tax dollars,” Grendell said.
She also noted the current cost due to the implementation of E-check is $10.6 million per year and that it disproportionally affects certain individuals.
“The E-Check program also disproportionally affects middle to lower classes because they are more likely to own an older vehicle, which may be their only mode of transportation and fails the emissions tests,” Grendell said. “Even though these older vehicles are deemed to produce minimal pollution yet fail emissions tests.”
Air pollution in the United States has improved significantly from the 1970s to current day, according to an April 28 press release issued by Grendell’s office. In 2015, the combined emissions from the six common pollutions have dropped 71 percent due to manufacturing plants shutting down, improvements in car emissions, and raised awareness of the effects of pollution, the release stated.
In addition, many experts and tests have indicated that there is no measurable improvement in air quality through the implementation of E-Check, the release added.
The resolution currently has 15 cosponsors and awaits its first committee hearing.