Kansas Smog Check / Emissions Test
The State of Kansas does not have any vehicle emissions test requirements since the state lacks any metropolitan areas that do not comply with the U.S. Clean Air Act. However, Kansas does have a vehicle inspection program the Kansas Highway Patrol administers to certain vehicles when getting a state registration to deter vehicle theft. Vehicle owners can usually obtain a registration with nothing more than a VIN inspection for most vehicles.
Requirements to Pass the Kansas Smog Check
Kansas residents may choose to voluntarily see if their vehicle can pass a smog check so it is in compliance with the City of Wichita’s Air Quality Awareness Program. The State of Kansas also does not require semi-tractor trailers to pass a vehicle emissions test. However, many trucking companies look for ways to reduce the pollution their vehicles emit. This can also help reduce their bottom line as well. The results of environmental research demonstrate that reducing the pollution created from diesel and gasoline vehicles, affords companies the opportunity to save on both energy and fuel costs.
Kansas Eco-Friendly Driving Incentives
Even though there are no vehicle emissions testing requirements in Kansas, there are many reasons that Kansas vehicle owners may want to consider when keeping their vehicles in good mechanical condition, besides just protecting the environment. Some insurance companies also provide rate discounts for vehicle owners who drive “green” or “eco-friendly” vehicles and who practice environmentally – friendly driving habits.
Tax Deductions for Eco-Friendly Drivers in Kansas
With the recent tax overhaul bill that passed at the end of 2017 in the U.S Congress, the U.S. Federal Government decided to keep its $7500 Alternative Fuel Vehicle tax deduction. For certain Kansas business owners who pay Kansas Corporate Tax, there is a tax credit called the KS Alternative Fuel Vehicle Tax credit that provides substantial tax credits for those who own or operate a qualified alternative fuel vehicle or alternative fuel station.
Vehicle owners can receive federal and State of Kansas tax credits for the following types of alternative vehicles:
- Electric cars
- Plug-in Hybrids
- Alternative fuel vehicles
Also, some insurance companies reward drivers for driving low-emissions vehicles. Give your provider a call today and see what they have to offer you.
How to Reduce Driving Emissions & Pollution
Pollution kills upwards of 200,000 people every year in the U.S. Vehicle emissions test programs help but are not always enough. The State of Kansas provides the public with air pollution and ozone warnings. When the State of Kansas alerts residents of air quality incidents, there are several actions residents can take to protect themselves, their families, and environment:
- Stay indoors when possible
- Start a rideshare or carpool for work
- Work remotely or from home
- Adjust your thermostat up in the summer; down in the winter
- Use public transportation
- Ride a bike or walk more often
- Refuel your vehicle during cooler times of the day
- Don’t use lawn mowers and other gas-powered equipment
- Avoid the use of aerosol products, oil-based paints, and solvents.
- Do more with less trips; combine errands and schedule travel around multiple commitments
Find Smog Check Stations Near Me
Even though Kansas drivers are not required to pass any smog check requirements, Kansas-registered drivers can get a voluntary vehicle emissions test done. Check out our DMV & Emissions Testing Locations in Kansas pages below to find a DMV office or testing location in your area.