Have a hybrid-electric car in California? Here's yet another reason to feel smug: the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Automotive Repair has decided that all Honda Insights, Honda Civic Hybrids, and Toyota Priuses are exempt from the biennial and change-of-ownership smog checks. While not an onerous burden, the smog checks are moderately expensive and inconvenient. As additional hybrid vehicles come on the market, they'll be added to the list.
Another good idea. Now, if only the car manufactures can catch up to the demand for these vehicles.