A couple more things about the SE Wisconsin emission testing program. First, I ran into this in yesterday's article.
Yet state documents show that exempting older vehicles means reductions in auto emissions will be slowed until 2018.
But officials at Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources emphasized the effect will not hamper the state's efforts to control air emission while saving state tax dollars
For example, in 2009 pollutants are projected to be 18% to 21% lower than otherwise when older vehicles are not tested, documents show. By 2018, the difference will drop to 1% to 2%.
"The changes will not be consequential to overall air quality," said Kevin Kessler, director of the DNR's Bureau of Air Management.
Are they really saying that emissions are lower when the old cars are not tested? That makes no sense. Or does it mean that these cars are responsible for 18% to 21% to the area's pollution if untested? Or is it just poor writing?
The other thing that stands out is that the contract to do the testing is out for bids. How many Wisconsinites realize that these are not state employees testing their emissions?
Now is the perfect time to eliminate the emission testing program. Simply let the current contract expire in June. No further action required.
About the Company
Envirotest Wisconsin Inc., a subsidiary of Environmental Systems Products, Inc. (ESP), operates the Wisconsin Vehicle Inspection Program under contract to the State of Wisconsin.
The test facilities can then be sold and the money used to pay down the state's debt.
UPDATE: A relevant follow-up post is here.