On Tuesday night the Provo City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of HB 134, carried by Rep Patrice Arent and Senator Curtis Bramble (and co-sponsored by five co-chairs of the Clean Air Caucus) http://le.utah.gov/~2017/bills/static/HB0134.html.  The Provo resolution states, “… be it resolved that we, the members of the Provo City Municipal Council and jointly with the Mayor of Provo City support House Bill 134 which mandates that all counties with emissions testing programs require emissions testing for diesel vehicles under 14,000 lbs. built after 2007, together with simple visual inspection of all such vehicles built after 1997; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Clerk of Provo City transmit duly authenticated copies of this resolution to the President of the Utah Senate, to the Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, to the Clerk of the Legislature, and to the news media of Utah.”  

The entire text of the Provo Resolution reads as follows:

RESOLUTION 2017-.

A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE PROVO MAYOR AND MUNICIPAL COUNCIL OUTLINING THEIR SUPPORT FOR HOUSE BILL 134 TO REQUIRE THE TESTING OF MEDIUM AND LIGHT-DUTY DIESEL VEHICLES.

WHEREAS, the safety, health, and well-being of Provo residents is profoundly affected by the air quality of Utah County, and

WHEREAS, Provo City policies, including the Vision 2030 and the General Plan, give specific attention to the achievement of clean air; and

WHEREAS, Utah County still remains out of attainment of National Ambient Air Quality Standards for PM2.5, and vehicles are the main contributors to that pollution; and

WHEREAS, the 20,266 light and medium-duty diesel vehicles registered in Utah County—representing 5.6% of all vehicles in the County—are not currently subject to any emissions testing requirement, unlike such vehicles in all other populous counties along the Wasatch Front; and

WHEREAS, a recent Davis County/University of Utah study found that pollution from a failing diesel vehicle is four times that of a compliant diesel vehicle and seven or eight times that of an average gasoline vehicle; and

WHEREAS, light and medium-duty diesel vehicles tested in Davis County are eight to nine times more likely to fail emissions testing than comparable gas vehicles, and nearly six percent of new vehicles in Salt Lake County fail to meet emissions standards; and

WHEREAS, diesel vehicles built in 2008 or later, unlike those built earlier, have computerized on-board diagnostics that allow rapid, inexpensive testing with only minimal software upgrades at present vehicle testing facilities; and

WHEREAS, all owners of gasoline-powered vehicles in counties requiring emissions testing pay for such testing to help reduce pollution, while owners of Utah County diesel vehicles are exempted from this cost, yet those machines contribute more NOx and PM2.5 pollution per vehicle than gasoline vehicles do; and  

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that we, the members of the Provo City Municipal Council and jointly with the Mayor of Provo City support House Bill 134 which mandates that all counties with emissions testing programs require emissions testing for diesel vehicles under 14,000 lbs. built after 2007, together with simple visual inspection of all such vehicles built after 1997; and   

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Clerk of Provo City transmit duly authenticated copies of this resolution to the President of the Utah Senate, to the Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, to the Clerk of the Legislature, and to the news media of Utah.

END OF RESOLUTION.