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A new bill is running its course though the CA legislature. CA Assembly Bill 210. It will extend the smog cutoff year from 1975 to 1983.

Please support any way you can. Sign anything you can find. Do an internet search. Lots of Hot Rod and Classic Car websites have updates and give instructions on how to support - emails, letters to the representatives, etc. I found a petition on Change.org on it. I signed that.

My 74 is already exempt. I've been waiting for the day my 79 can be exempt. I'm sure many of you have Alfas in that era and if you don't, please help us anyway.

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A new bill is running its course though the CA legislature. CA Assembly Bill 210. It will extend the smog cutoff year from 1975 to 1983.



Please support any way you can. Sign anything you can find. Do an internet search. Lots of Hot Rod and Classic Car websites have updates and give instructions on how to support - emails, letters to the representatives, etc. I found a petition on Change.org on it. I signed that.



My 74 is already exempt. I've been waiting for the day my 79 can be exempt. I'm sure many of you have Alfas in that era and if you don't, please help us anyway.



Thanks,


Will do my car is 1984:-(


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I know that there are very few machines that can actually test a pre 1996 car here in California. I have heard from more than one source (test facilities) that the state (DMV) is considering not testing because of the challenges in supporting the machines and software that is necessary to complete the test. I hope it's true but moving the exemption to pre 83 is a start!
 

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I hope the assemblymen and women get this info when they are making their votes. Hopefully the DMV weighs in somehow. Maybe it would come down to a practicality type decision in their minds this time. I know that the previous two times this type of bill has come before the reps it has failed to get the votes, so it still does seem like a long shot. I never give up hope though and will not throw up my hands an not try letters and emails again and again. I hope everyone does the same no matter how slim it seems.
 

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Update: The bill looks dead for at least this assembly session.

No action is listed for this bill since the Transportation Committee hearing in late March. The deadline for bills to advance to the Assembly has passed.

Maybe next year....
 

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I read recently that classic cars up through '81 can be exempt from smog if they are insured as a classic car and driven sparingly or to and from shows.
 

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Collector cars, model years 1976 and newer, are subject to the program, but eligible for an abbreviated inspection. [Health and Safety Code §44011(c) and §44012(f)]
I don't know what that abbreviated inspection is, but insuring as a classic car has the same requirements as the DMV: you can only drive it less than a certain number of miles.

I put lots of miles on my car so I don't qualify. I think most Alfa owners want to drive more than a couple thousand miles a year. If you qualify, that is certainly an option for you. Keep in mind that what ever that inspection is, it would certainly uncover modifications done to your car, so a Weber conversion will certainly not get through the system.
 

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I've heard from several sources including the local highway patrol that CA would love to get rid of all the older cars and are trying to make it impossible to keep them on the road. The program to buy back old cars that no longer pass smog is a good indication that this is true. The original idea was that the cutoff was supposed to change every year but the law was modified to be fixed at '75. I think the writer of the bill will have an uphill battle.
 
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