The State of Iowa 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.
Incentives for Eco – Friendly Driving in Iowa
Even though there are no vehicle emissions testing requirements in Iowa, there are many reasons that Iowa vehicle owners may want to consider when maintaining their vehicles, besides the 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 Iowa
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. Also, Iowa Vehicle owners who purchase certain alternative fueled vehicles may be eligible for a $2,000 state tax deduction. The following must apply in order to qualify for the deduction:
- Claim the IRS Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit by using IRS Form 8910 (Owners who fill out and apply for the federal tax credit automatically qualify for the State of Iowa tax credit)
- The vehicle must be a qualified fuel cell vehicle
- You must use your vehicle before January 1, 2015
Vehicle owners can receive federal and State of Iowa 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 type of vehicles. It all depends on your insurance provider. Contact your insurance provider for further details.
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 Iowa provides the public with air pollution and ozone warnings. When the State of Iowa 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 Iowa drivers are not required to pass any smog check requirements, Iowa-registered drivers can get a voluntary vehicle emissions test done. Check out our DMV & Emissions Testing Locations in Iowa pages below to find a DMV office or testing location in your area.