In the state of Florida, auto emissions testing requirements have been abolished. There once was a smog tackling program, but that only lasted for a few years and was often attacked by both residents and legislators.
Man of the counties had enough clean air that made the tests obsolete, but counties that still struggle with their air quality are looking for various other ways to develop clean air once more.
There are rewards if a drive purchases a vehicle that is EPA certified as an Inherently Low Emission Vehicle. This includes hybrids. These drivers are then eligible to drive in the high occupancy vehicle lane at any point in time, regardless of how many passengers are actually in the vehicle.
You can check with the DMV to see if your vehicle qualifies and if it does, you can apply for an Application for HOV Decal so that you can receive a sticker for your car. You can complete and submit your application through the Tax Collector’s office of your local county and you will need to pay either a $5 fee for 1 year or a $10 fee for 2 years. There is also a mailing fee of $0.75 as well.
Green Driver Incentives
There are ways that you can save money if you are a green driver in Florida. Although the state does not currently require smog or emission testing there are tax credits for vehicle owners of fuel-efficient vehicles. These credits are available through the Federal government and include:
- Plug-in hybrids
- Electric cars
- Biodiesel vehicles
- Alternative fuel vehicles
Tax Credits for Businesses
There are tax credits that businesses can take part of if they own alternative fuel vehicles. For example, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offer a rebate for businesses who convert, purchase, or lease a natural gas fleet vehicle.
There is also a rebate available for businesses who offer electric vehicle charging for both their customers and employees. Property owners may also seek to receive funding from the government in order to have an EV charging station installed on their property, but this does require that you enter into a finance agreement
You may also find that you can receive a discount on your car insurance by driving a green vehicle. Depending on your particular circumstances, you may qualify for a number of the following discounts just from practicing green driving habits or driving a fuel-efficient vehicle.
- Hybrid auto discounts
- Alternative fuel vehicle discounts
- Economy car discounts
- Low-mileage discounts
- Pay as you drive discounts
You should discuss these options with your insurance provider so you can learn exactly what you apply for.
Overall, the air quality in Florida is at a level that provides the state little need to worry about emissions testing. However, the areas that do have a bit of an issue are looking for ways to improve air quality in other areas. Drivers are also encouraged to maintain a green driving habit due to the many incentives that are offered by the government, both Federal and State.