Saturday, September 10, 2011
THE GUARDIAN noted at the bottom of page 12 in the September 12th edition of TIME MAGAZINE there was a cute little green car. Curiosity drew my eyes to the short piece on ENVIRONMENT in the Briefing section. Here is what was printed:
"One state is saying goodbye to long lines, incomprehensible readouts and $15 fees. Washington State's ecology department has announced that thanks to improved air quality and more efficient engines, it will phase out vehicle emissions testing by 2020. The 30-year old antipollution programs, matched in many states, requires a trip to a testing center once every two years, or annually for vehicles more than five years old, in one of the nation's greenest states."
Meanwhile, in the Great State of Idaho we continue to badger, threaten and rain down all manner of punishment on people who fail to take their vehicles in for testing so the Idaho DEQ can cash in on a potion of the fees collected at testing sites all over Treasure Valley. What is really confounding about the forced testing on vehicle owners is the data trends are we are nowhere near going out of compliance with air quality standards set by the EPA.
Old sludge box engines are going to the scrap heap in ever increasing numbers and new cars are engineered to squeeze every mile they can out of a gallon of gas and continue to be cleaner and greener with each passing year. We think it time for our Idaho Legislature to enact a legislative end to vehicle emissions this next legislative session.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 11:10 AM