Good deal for Tennessee

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – A state lawmaker is hinting at the idea that emissions testing may no longer be a requirement in Tennessee.

State Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, tweeted that the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has completed its air quality study and is recommending the elimination of mandatory vehicle emissions testing in Hamilton County and Middle Tennessee.


There’s no emissions testing here in Macon County – not that it’s needed seeing as the wind blows our pollution up into Kentucky anyways.

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14 Responses to Good deal for Tennessee

  1. Illinois Airteam says:

    I hear there’s a booming business of emission test defeat devices going on in fast food parking lots near a test stations around Chicago. Drive in, pay about $200, get the device installed, get tested, get the device removed, and finally get your license plates renewed. It’s cheaper than getting an old beater car repaired and still risk failing the test. I guy I know said he reported it to the Illinois EPA, and even followed up with them when nothing changed. He concluded the Illinois EPA doesn’t care about air quality.

    • Padawan says:

      All you have to do is go to your local auto parts store/Wal Mart/Harbor Freight/etc and pick up an inexpensive code reader. Plug into the car, read the codes, clear them, unplug and go about your merry way.

  2. bogsidebunny says:

    Emissions tests were cancelled for my NC county this year. Reason: Not a high enough population. Just wait for a few years when the influx of NY, NJ, Mich., Conn, Mass. assholes continue their escape from Democrat mega-tax areas and settle here. Bingo, the emissions test reinstated.

  3. Dan Delaware says:

    In PA, the emissions tests are done by private garages, not at a state facility. Find the right garage, slip the guy a Benjamin, and your car gets passed.

    TN is also a good place to cleanse your car title. For instance, to title your kit car as a ’65 Cobra.

    • Padawan says:

      In NH emissions tests are done as a part of your yearly state safety inspection which are done by private garages that are certified and licensed by the state to perform said inspections.

      • DCE says:

        And the test consists of plugging in an OBD II reader to see if any emissions equipment faults pop up. There’s no real emissions test, .i.e. tailpipe sensor to measure the exhaust composition. There used to be in parts of Rockingham and Hillsborough Counties some years ago, but they were done away with when the OBD II scan was implemented.

  4. Justin Stace says:

    I’d be less opposed to emission testing if it was not a huge con job between the local gov. and the independent company that does the “testing.” I have never seen such piss-poor attention to experimental detail as when I drag my cars there every year.

  5. GI-had Joe says:

    No emissions testing here in Wasatch County, Utah, presently, however, when you’re the third fastest growing county in the country and the first fastest growing city in Utah, that’s gonna change. I can’t wait.

  6. Elmo, living in Sacramento's Urban Plume says:

    Kind of like the wind blows all the Grey Area’s pollution into the central valley, which then gets raked over the coals for having too many Spare the Air days? Kind of like that?

  7. Padawan says:

    New Hampshire requires them for all automobiles/ “light duty” trucks that are twenty years old and newer and diesel vehicles 1997 model year and newer with a GVWR of 8,500 pounds or less to pass an OBD emission system inspection, which is done as a part of the vehicle’s yearly “safety” inspection. Vehicles in excess of GVWR 8,500 pounds, a pre-1996 model year or are 20 years old or older are exempt.

    Thankfully our Outback will pass the 20 year mark later this year and won’t require an emissions inspection anymore.

    • sopwith says:

      I have been inspecting cars here in N H starting in 1984. I can say the state has turned in to a bunch of nazi’s. I quit the whole mess a couple years ago .

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