Thursday, June 24, 1999

Emissions check will cost $20




BY AMY CAPPIELLO
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Auto emissions testing will be mandatory in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Northern Kentucky on Sept. 1. Motorists familiar with Southwest Ohio's testing will find the processes similar.

        The tests, which cost $20, must be performed every other year.

        • Inspectors begin with a safety check. Model 1975 cars or newer will also be visually inspected to make sure an unvented gas cap, fuel inlet restrictor and catalytic converter are on all vehicles originally built with these parts.

        • Next, a probe is inserted in the tailpipe for about a minute while the vehicle idles, to check emission levels.

        • Finally, for 1981 model year cars or newer, inspectors examine the fuel system's pressurization.

        The test applies only to 1968 model cars and newer and vehicles under 18,000 pounds.

        Three testing sites are under construction in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. They are:

        • Florence: 5760 Constitution Drive, off Burlington Pike.

        • Wilder: 1426 Gloria Terrell Drive, off Ky. 9.

        • Covington: 2029 Rolling Hills Drive, off Ky. 17.

        The stations will be open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

       



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