Recommitting Connecticut to cleaner air and more fuel-efficient cars, Governor M. Jodi Rell signed "An Act Concerning Clean Cars" into law at a Norwalk auto dealership, the Town Times (Watertown and Oakville, Conn.) reports. Under the new law, a label must be affixed to vehicles detailing the vehicle's greenhouse gas 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 October 1, 2007. The labeling program will be funded through a $5 fee on new car registrations beginning January 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. 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 pounds or less. Gov. Rell said that Connecticut, along with six other states, supports a Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and adopted regulations to implement the second phase of the California Low Emission Vehicle program. Gov. Rell also reported that the state recently purchased 575 alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles, some of which get up to 60 mpg, for its Fleet Operations. Under this law, the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Motor Vehicles will create an education program that includes information about the environmental impact of motor vehicle GHG emissions and the impact of vehicle choice on such emissions.
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