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Letters: Alt-fuel vehicles should be easier, not harder, to own

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Posted: Monday, October 11, 2010 10:00 am

In Arizona a regular vehicle can opt for two-year registration or now even a five-year registration. But if you have an alt-fuel vehicle, you cannot. You must submit to a yearly emission test and registration.

The latest emissions on my 2004 Chevrolet Pickup, which runs on natural and has 86,000 miles, were:

• Hydrocarbons read 0, with a possible 300 limit to pass

• Carbon monoxide read 0.07 with a possible up to 3.00 to pass.

This is a six-year-old truck and it still reads that low on CNG. So why are Arizona citizens still subjected to yearly emission tests and yearly registration for their efforts to drive cleaner compared to someone who doesn’t care and buys just any car off of the lot, no matter what the emissions?

It just doesn’t make sense to give more grief, time wasted and expense to drive cleaner and greener in Arizona. We appreciate the blue plates for those that qualify, we appreciate the reduced license plate fees for those that qualify, but where’s the common sense in this yearly emissions requirement for obvious cleaner vehicles?

The Arizona Legislature should be trying to make it easier and more desirable for people to get into alternative fuel vehicles, especially with all the hassle the EPA is giving Arizona right now about air quality, particulate and dust control.

Dave Clement, Mesa

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