Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The evidence put together to support VET in the first place was based on outdated data over ten years old. As older cars with carburetors hit the scrap pile virtually all emissions data are trending downward or away from any non-atainment conclusion.
Our friend Al Freeman in Nampa and his helpers in submitting data have found it difficult to get anyone in the legislature to pay attention to what he has discovered and the DEQ's flawed data to support VET in the first place. However, year there may be enough of a headcount in the legislature to dismantle VET in this valley. It has been a dismal failure and has done nothing but inconvenience people in every way imaginable and costs vehicle owners have had to endure to get their cars checked by their mechanics when nothing was wrong in the first place is more than a minor inconvenience.
Example, if you replace your car battery you will fail the test. If you let your car battery go dead and head in for a test your car will fail. If your gas cap gets put on incorrectly and the check engine light comes on you will fail the test. The list goes on and on and the goofy waste of time people have to spend on this along with expensive trips to their mechanics for no good reason continue.
Add to this most of us are not getting a two year cycle due to some goofy decision by DEQ that has resulted in a lot of folks having to go in again in a little over one year for another check. (had this very thing happen to me)
Also, in the world of screwing up your cars computer; I took my trusty 98 Chevy pickup in for a early mandated VET and passed the test but not more than a mile down the road my check engine light came on right after the test. Luckily, my mechanic did take the time to do more than a casual read of the codes and with some expertise was able to restore the system to normal function. It is time for this waste of taxpayer time and money to simply go away. We can only hope the Legislature makes it happen this year.
I would gladly pay the $10 to the DEQ every year for all their good works but the waste of time and lack of evidence this program is doing anything to improve air quality remains suspect from both a data and opinion view of vehicle owners.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 8:55 PM