​​Proposed rulemaking

Karen Font Williams, 503-229-5519

DEQ is proposing to revise several sections of the Motor Vehicles rules in Division 256 of Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 340.  DEQ is proposing to:

  • remove references to procedures no longer performed, such as the enhanced dynamometer emissions test and noise control testing;
  • include references, definitions and procedures that will align rules with current program operations;
  • edit for plain language; and
    raise the fee for a certificate of compliance to the following amounts:
    • Portland Vehicle Inspection Area
      $25 effective July 1, 2019
    • Medford Vehicle Inspection Area
      $15 effective July 1, 2019
      $20 effective July 1, 2021
      $25 effective July 1, 2023
    • On-site Testing Auto Dealerships
      $30 effective July 1, 2019

Oregon DEQ’s vehicle inspection program helps to keep pollution levels within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s allowable standards by ensuring that vehicles’ emission control systems are maintained over the life of the vehicle.  In the Portland and Medford areas, a vehicle emissions test is required, typically every two years, before motorists register their vehicles with the Department of Motor Vehicles.  DEQ recently completed modeling that estimates reductions in federally regulated pollutants, as well as toxic pollutants, achieved by the Vehicle Inspection Program.  

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DEQ has appointed an advisory committee to review issues and fiscal impacts related to the proposed rules.

Meeting 1
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
DEQ, 700 NE Multnomah St., Conference Room 1110
Portland, OR 97232
Meeting materials
Teleconference call-in number: 888-278-0296
Participant ID: 8040259
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​P​ublic Involvement

Comment period closed at 4 p.m., Feb. 4, 2019.
Includes invitation to comment, notice, proposed rules and any supporting documents. 

Public hearings

Jan. 15, 2019 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

DEQ Headquarters
700 NE Multnomah St., Third Floor Conference Room
Portland, OR  97232-4100

Jan. 28, 2019 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Jackson County Library – Medford Branch
205 South Central Ave., Carpenter Conference Room
Medford, OR  97501

EQC action

Meeting has not been scheduled yet.