[rescue] RE: Small schools...

Kevin Loch rescue at sunhelp.org
Fri Jun 22 12:54:09 CDT 2001

Here in VA, we have saftey inspections (*very* good idea) and
emissions inspections.  The fees the service stations are allows
to charge for them probably don't even cover the cost of giving them.
Of course the incentive is that if you fail they will fix it for you
at their normal fees.  Either way, the state doesn't get a dime from
it.  BTW, even gov't owned vehicles must have an annual saftey


Patrick Giagnocavo wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 22, 2001 at 04:44:13AM -0700, James Lockwood wrote:
> > On Thu, 21 Jun 2001, Joshua D. Boyd wrote:
> >
> > [offtopic discussion about vehicle emission systems]
> >
> > > I don't think that California does that.  I don't know about Philly (which
> > > is much closer).
> >
> > California bases the minimum required emissions standards that a motor
> > vehicle must pass on the date of manufacture.  A vehicle is not in general
> > required to pass more stringent standards that those which were in effect
> > at the time of manufacture.
> >
> > Keep in mind, however, that the limits for the tests are close to an order
> > of magnitude higher than the limits imposed on the original manufacturers.
> > If your vehicle fails an emissions test (even in California), it is either
> > really out of whack or has been modified.
> Keep in mind, too, that the purpose of e-testing (emissions tests where you
> have to get a sticker on your windshield) have very little to do with
> concern for the environment and a lot to do with YARG (yet another revenue
> generator) for the local gov't.  Plus it lets local politicos have another
> source of easy jobs that they can hand out to constituents or special
> interest groups.
> Of course, the politico's own late model cars -- are exempt from etesting.
> By their own admission, for every 10 etests only one car will fail.  So if
> the etest is $50 per, they are taxing us $500 to catch ONE violator.  And
> the problem still isn't solved at that point.
> ./patrick
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