Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Air Pollution Control Board
Regulations for the Control of Motor Vehicle Emissions in the Northern Virginia Area [9 VAC 5 ‑ 91]
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Hybrid Vehicles (Rev. MM)
Action 2881
General Information
Action Summary The definition of “affected motor vehicle” has been modified to state that the term does not apply to hybrid vehicles. Hybrid vehicles meeting specific EPA criteria are exempt from the program. The Va Code, §46.2-1178 B 1 states: The emissions inspection program provided for in this article shall not apply to any qualified hybrid motor vehicle if such vehicle obtains a rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of at least 50 miles per gallon during city fuel economy tests unless remote sensing devices indicate the hybrid vehicle may not meet current emissions standards. The Board shall adopt such regulations as may be required to implement this exemption. In addition, the term "qualified hybrid motor vehicle" has been added to the regulation as defined by law.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required. As such, it can be submitted directly for publication and is effective upon publication.
Exempt Citation: Section 2.2-4006 A 4 a of the Code of Virginia
RIS Project Yes  [001022]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
4887 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/31/2008.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Mary E. Major 
Address: 629 East Main Street
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Phone: (804)698-4423    FAX: (804)698-4510    TDD: ()-