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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 03-1218


Specifications for Onboard Diagnostics-Inpsection/Maintenance Equipment

[33 Pa.B. 2948]

   On April 5, 2001, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its final rulemaking revising the Onboard Diagnostics (OBD)-Inspection/Maintenance Equipment (I/M) requirements for state emissions testing programs. See 66 FR 18156 for amendments to vehicle I/M program requirements incorporating the OBD check; final rule.

   To integrate the OBD-I/M check into the I/M program, the Department of Transportation (Department), Bureau of Motor Vehicles, under 75 Pa.C.S. §§ 4351, 4701, 4706, 4707 and 4721, previously announced its intention to amend 67 Pa. Code (relating to transportation) and provide equipment specifications to be used for OBD testing in this Commonwealth's enhanced vehicle emissions inspection program and solicited comments on draft equipment and software specifications.

   Final technical specifications for any qualifying party that wishes to provide ''stand alone'' OBD testing equipment for use in this Commonwealth's OBD testing program have been developed and are available from the Department.

   All OBD-I/M check equipment must be certified by the Department to be in compliance with these specifications. Manufacturers should submit a written request for certification to the Department by September 2, 2003. Manufacturers must supply the Department (or make available to the Department) the equipment with the PAS software loaded, any user documentation for certification and any other information necessary for certification requested by the Department. Manufacturers may not deliver/upgrade any equipment to any certified emissions test stations without written confirmation of certification from the Department.

   Questions concerning these specifications should be directed to Peter Gertz, Vehicle Inspection Divisions, 3rd Floor, Riverfront Office Center, 1101 South Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104,


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 03-1218. Filed for public inspection June 20, 2003, 9:00 a.m.]

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