DDN: Vehicle emissions test on last gasp:
This looks like the last year for E-Check in seven southwest Ohio counties — including those in the Dayton area.
Ohio plans to end vehicle emissions testing program in this part of the state when Ohio's 10-year contract with Envirotest, the company that conducts the program, expires in December, said Linda Oros, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
The two-year state budget Gov. Bob Taft will sign today, in a ceremony at the Rack Processing Co. in Moraine, contains a provision that would prohibit any new contracts in the 81 counties not required to have E-Check, said state Sen. Steve Austria, R-Beavercreek.
Austria, a longtime E-Check critic who has been pushed the issue since 1998, said 14 counties should not have to carry the responsibility of improving air quality for the entire state, and that the E-Check program is too invasive.
"I have always felt that the E-Check program was ineffective and unfair to many Ohioans," Austria said.
I'm glad they finally got around to realizing how worthless e-check is. It pretty much just amounted to a $10/year driving tax, and a colossal pain in the butt. It never seemed right that only a handful of counties had to do it (mainly Dayton/Cleveland) but not the rest of the state. I can understand wanting to reduce emissions in a big city like Cleveland, but Dayton? Puhleeze. Try Columbus, Cincinnati, Akron, or Toledo before Dayton.
In celebration, I will now remove the catalytic converter and put some straight pipes on the Audi.
But only symbolically.