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EMISSIONS TEST REQUIRED OF NONRESIDENTS’ VEHICLES

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The City Council finally passed a watered-down ordinance that requires non-residents to obtain emissions tests on their vehicles.

Council members have been discussing for several months an ordinance requiring non-residents that remain in the city for long periods of time to obtain tests. Mayor George Stewart said college students and other long-term visitors should have to abide by the same emissions restrictions as Utah County residents.The council delayed action on the ordinance because some council members say the ordinance is unenforceable, puts the burden on landlords and a city study shows the requirement would have little effect on pollution.

However, the council voted 4-3 Tuesday night for an ordinance that allows police to cite people whose cars have not had emissions tests and remain in the city for 60 consecutive days. But police can issue a citation only when the motorist is stopped for another violation. Also, emissions tests from another state or county will be accepted.