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What Is the Georgia Law for Catalytic Converters?

by Sameca Pandova

Georgia law requires that any emissions equipment installed on a vehicle by a manufacturer remain installed and operational for operation on Georgia public roads. Georgia does allow for exemptions and extensions in certain circumstances.

Emission Law Generally

Under Georgia law, it is illegal for a vehicle owner to operate, or allow to operate, his car when the manufacturer's pollution control devices have been controlled or otherwise abated. Georgia maintains the standards promulgated by the National Emissions Standards Act.

Removal of the Device

Removal of a manufacturer's pollution control device is allowable for repair or replacement. The catalytic converter may also be removed if the motor vehicle is being converted to run on natural or liquefied petroleum, or for any other modification which would reduce emissions. Where a repair has been attempted unsuccessfully on a defective pollution control device, a motorist may be able to obtain a repair waiver, which allows exemption from emissions testing.

Available Waivers and Extensions

Military members, students, and some business may obtain extensions for pollution testing purposes. Seniors are also allowed an exemption for cars that are 10 model years old or older, if the vehicle in question is driven 5000 miles or less in a given year.

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