Washington D.C. — President Donald Trump while speaking to reporters outside Air Force One suggested that California’s SMOG check laws are unconstitutional. Apparently state’s wildly unpopular CARB (California Air Resources Board) standards have been on Trump’s mind the past day.
“You know, and another thing,” said President Trump when asked about the latest news about Russian interference in the elections. “You’ve got these unfair smog rules in California. They cost people a lot of money, and don’t do anything but make a few mechanics rich. In fact, I think these laws are ridiculous and unconstitutional. We’re gonna look into that.”
Currently, smog inspections are required for all vehicles except diesel-powered vehicles 1997 year model and older or with a Gross Vehicle Weight of more than 14,000 lbs, electric, natural gas-powered vehicles over 14,000 lbs, motorcycles, trailers, or gasoline-powered vehicles 1975 and older.
The California Smog Check Program requires vehicles to participate in the biennial (every two years) smog check program in participating counties. For years California citizens fought the laws, however, this is the first time a sitting President has brought the topic up.
Several members of the California legislature just shrugged their shoulders at the suggestion that the state’s laws are unconstitutional. At least two State Senators, who wished to remain off the record, said the President’s comments were “insane.”