Connecticut Governor Signs “Clean Cars” Bill Into Law
HARTFORD, CT – Conn. Gov. M. Jodi Rell has signed “An Act Concerning Clean Cars” into law, the Town Times reports. Under the new law, a label must be affixed to vehicles detailing the vehicle’s greenhouse gas (GHG) score, its score as compared to others of the same make and year, and the average score for vehicles within the same class. This requirement goes into effect on Oct. 1, 2007. This law bars the sale or lease of a 2009 or later model-year motor vehicle without the required GHG label. It also applies to vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 lbs. or less. The labeling program will be funded through a $5 fee on new-car registrations beginning Jan. 1. The Department of Motor Vehicles will deposit these fees into the federal Clean Air Act account, which will provide ongoing funding for the GHG labeling and public education programs, according to the Town Times. Gov. Rell also reported that the state recently purchased 575 alternative-fuel and hybrid vehicles, some of which get up to 60 mpg.