Emissions test, repair attempts stress driver

You can say this about Daryl Daniels: He's persistent. Over the past two years, the South Side resident took his 1996 Ford Escort to state emissions testing facilities nine times. Full Story
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AOL

#1 Dec 14, 2008
I have a 1993 car that the state of IL no longer requires to be pollution tested because of its age. It is in fair shape for a 1993 model because I only drive about 3000 miles per year.

I had been waiting for my testing notice to arrive in the mail. When it seemed to be overdue I did some online research and found my car was too old for the state to bother with testing it.

I think cars from 1995 or earlier are no longer tested in IL. It is a change in the law that goes back a few years. The car in the story is a 1996 model but I would think as time goes by the too old to test date would be applied to cars made a few years after 1995.

When a car gets to a certain age it becomes too costly to meet newer and more demanding pollution standards. No matter how much money and repair skill you lavish upon such a car it probably will not be able to meet the new standards. It also becomes too costly for the state to repeat test such cars after approved mechanic repairs.
u gotta be kidding

Hoffman Estates, IL

#2 Dec 15, 2008
Linking the emissions to plates was a really stupid idea.

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Since: May 08

Homewood, IL

#3 Dec 15, 2008
Closing the air testing station in Chicago Heights was a really stupid idea.
The original reason I got antique vehicle plates for my 1968 GTO was because I didn't want to take her to the testing station. NOBODY sits behind the wheel of that car but my husband and me.
I would be much more cooperative with the air testing if they would test everything.......including those trucks that I see spewing carbon bits all over the place as they huff down the road.
Pete

Chicago, IL

#4 Dec 15, 2008
This testing program is a complete joke that fails to achieve it's objective of cleaner air. I'm sure some connected crony is getting rich by operating the testing stations, of course.
Annoyed

Glen Ellyn, IL

#5 Dec 15, 2008
u gotta be kidding wrote:
Linking the emissions to plates was a really stupid idea.
If you are a drunk, you can drive, but pollute - you lose your plates. Great system we have here.
morons

Lansing, IL

#6 Dec 15, 2008
the state of illinois provides a list of licensed mechanics to take your vehicle to when it doesn't pass emissions. if you take it to one of these and they don't fix it the first time, THE MECHANIC is responsible for the additional costs incurred and must fix it to stay complaint with the state
stunt123

Chicago, IL

#7 Dec 15, 2008
I agree with all the above posts. I just went through the no plates without test garbage. I never got the emissions test in the mail most likely because I moved twice in two years. So I had to drive for two days on expired plates even though I went right from the Currency exchange to the test station and passed. It take this idiotic state two working days to post the test results.

And I believe if your car is pre- 1996, they no longer test because it does not have an OBD-II computer system on it.
WOW

United States

#8 Dec 15, 2008
u gotta be kidding wrote:
Linking the emissions to plates was a really stupid idea.
yes- my husband and I learned this the hard way.
We have alot of trouble with mail getting to our house (lazy mailman or because we are a court off a street?)
I never received my notice- and a cop pulled up beside me at a traffic light and he told me my plates were suspended and to get it fixed and we both went our ways (thanks south barrington!)
In hanover park- my husband got arrested because of a car we no longer own was never removed from the IL system. Because he got arrested- he had to pay $600 in fees/towing costs to get it out (not including the half day I had to take off work). They would refund $500 of our money if the state would admit we never received our notices. Of course the state wouldnt. Nice huh?! YOU SU>CK HANOVER PARK!
spec4

Ashkum, IL

#9 Dec 15, 2008
This is one of the many reasons I moved out of Crook county several years ago. This program is a rip off of the people of IL. Meanwhile the gravel trucks spew clouds of smoke, sometimes so thick you can't see thru it.
stunt123

Chicago, IL

#10 Dec 15, 2008
morons wrote:
the state of illinois provides a list of licensed mechanics to take your vehicle to when it doesn't pass emissions. if you take it to one of these and they don't fix it the first time, THE MECHANIC is responsible for the additional costs incurred and must fix it to stay complaint with the state
All my mechanics are ASE certified and my shop has all the equipment necessary to repair any make of vehicle. I never paid anyone at the State to get on their list though.
It's very simple, If your "check engine" light is on, you won't be tested. Period.
Rob S

Clarendon Hills, IL

#11 Dec 15, 2008
I went through this once. I DID take my car to "Recognized" repair centers. Each time, the repair center tested my car and said it should pass. Each time it failed. The staff at the testing centers rudely stated they did not care what the mechanics said. They stated that the mechanics equipment was not accurate enough to determine compliance. This seemed odd, as they were RECOGNIZED repair centers. I finally had met the $450.00 criteria and as given a waiver. I then was able to purchase a new vehicle before the waiver expired.
Ya know what folks, the emission testing program in Illinois is as corrupt as any other state program. They will screw the everyday Joe as much as possibe. Then people HAVE to buy new cars, pay taxes on the new vehicles etc. I firmly believe that the emissions testing program in Illinois is not concerned with pollution at all. Simply another way to screw more taxes out of people to waste on their corrupt spending.
gwheelock915

Wheaton, IL

#12 Dec 15, 2008
I remember the day very clearly when I was waved into a roadside check and then arrested for driving on a suspended license because my 1993 lebaron didnt pass the emissions test. Never mind the fact I was driving an 07 Civic and I never owned the lebaron. It was such an embarrassment as most of my coworkers drove by and saw me in handcuffs. Case was later thrown out.

Thanks Cook County.
pjb720

United States

#13 Dec 15, 2008
spec4 wrote:
This is one of the many reasons I moved out of Crook county several years ago. This program is a rip off of the people of IL. Meanwhile the gravel trucks spew clouds of smoke, sometimes so thick you can't see thru it.
Explain why the law of the state of Illinois is a reason you moved out of Cook county - this could happen to you in any county if your plates are suspended due to non-testing.
News to Me

Springfield, IL

#14 Dec 15, 2008
Who knew they were even still testing car emissions?
tripoli

Tinley Park, IL

#15 Dec 15, 2008
A friend of mine got the dreaded "rejected" on an emissions test.

There was pretty much nothing he could do. It hadn't failed, so even though he spent nearly $2K at a registered mechanic, he couldn't get a waiver.

In the end, he waited until the new 1995 law took effect. But if his car had been newer, he might still be waiting.

There needs to be a process in place for cars which are "rejected" by the testing equipment.
Kelly

Columbus, OH

#16 Dec 15, 2008
Maybe he should have bribed our governor to get a "pass."
noneoftheabove

Chicago, IL

#17 Dec 15, 2008
The whole emissions scam should be ended.
Michigan doesn't have it, Indiana doesn't have it.
Leave it to the corrupt chicago politicians to look at it as another tool of corruption to suck money from the public!
whatever

Normal, IL

#18 Dec 15, 2008
Why don't they test commercial airliners?
whatever

Normal, IL

#19 Dec 15, 2008
noneoftheabove wrote:
The whole emissions scam should be ended.
Michigan doesn't have it, Indiana doesn't have it.
Leave it to the corrupt chicago politicians to look at it as another tool of corruption to suck money from the public!
It figures! Another waste of time and money in Illinois. Stop voting for these id iots!
whatever

Normal, IL

#20 Dec 15, 2008
stunt123 wrote:
<quoted text>
All my mechanics are ASE certified and my shop has all the equipment necessary to repair any make of vehicle. I never paid anyone at the State to get on their list though.
It's very simple, If your "check engine" light is on, you won't be tested. Period.
Correction: even if check engine light is on, they will test you.

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