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Old 12-14-2010, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I moved to the Colorado Springs area from the east coast. As I recall, Colorado used to have a vehicle emissions inspection test requirement but that program was discontinued. Does anyone know why the vehicle emissions program was canceled and if the state government plans to reinstate it?

I am dismayed at the number of vehicles on the road that billow and puff blue and black exhaust smoke. It is a shame that in Colorado I have to drive with with the climate control always set to recirculate because of the number of cars that stink and pollute the air.
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:04 PM
 
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Guess #1, we have no money, guess #2 is that westerners traditionally do not want government intervention (dating back to a loooooong time ago), so policies/practices common in many other areas are not common here.

Just my guess. Nothing to back it up though. :P
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:49 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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These are the counties required to get emissions inspections.

Rapid Screen - About Aircare Colorado

Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson. The program began Jan. 2, 1995 and is operated under a contract with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Department of Revenue.

El Paso Co. was removed in 2007.

El Paso County, Colorado - Motor Vehicle (http://car.elpasoco.com/Motor_Vehicle/Emissions.htm - broken link)

Department of Revenue - Division of Motor Vehicles:Emissions Information

The previous program (prior to 1995) was established in 1980 included 9 counties on the Front Range.

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Old 12-15-2010, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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What about inspections such as brakes, etc. Required here in COS?
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Old 12-15-2010, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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What you may be experiencing is a cultural difference between folks from East of the Mississippi and West of it. What I have noticed is more folks drive diesel powered trucks out west than they do out east.
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:23 AM
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What about inspections such as brakes, etc. Required here in COS?
No. Used to be. When we came here in 1980 it was required, but it was dropped shortly thereafter.

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What you may be experiencing is a cultural difference between folks from East of the Mississippi and West of it. What I have noticed is more folks drive diesel powered trucks out west than they do out east.
If you look through the links I provided, diesel vehicles are still required to get an emissions inspection in El Paso County.
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Old 12-15-2010, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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Good. I'm glad Colorado isn't a nanny state. Well, it kind of is, but it could be worse. For example, CO passed laws outlawing smoking in casinos, bars, and restaurants.
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Old 12-15-2010, 02:10 PM
 
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What about inspections such as brakes, etc. Required here in COS?
Mandatory brake inspections? That exists? I would think a driver would know real quick if they needed new brakes.
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Old 12-15-2010, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Generally, one doesn't hear too many complaints about the lack of an Emissions program in Colorado Springs. I think I could find other things to complain about.

When I lived in Northern VA, I remember driving all over town trying to find an emissions testing station that didn't have cars lined up around the block.

Finding a testing station miles away from where I lived, then I got to pay more money to the state and sit in the waiting area crossing my fingers, hoping that my vehicle would pass and I wouldn't end up with an addtional repair bill. All for a neat windshield sticker......Great way to spend half a day.

Personally, I'm glad we don't have emissions testing.
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Old 12-16-2010, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Mandatory brake inspections? That exists? I would think a driver would know real quick if they needed new brakes.
In the three states where I have lived prior to this -- New York State, Maryland, and Virginia -- yearly safety inspections were required going way back to when I was in college (and that was in the 70s). Brakes, tire wear, etc.).
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