State's vehicle emissions program gets the green light

After a month of delays, the new Connecticut Emissions Program will begin testing vehicles at local garages by the end of this week.Emissions testing is a federal mandate and is Connecticut's most effective program to improve air quality. The Department of Motor Vehicles wants vehicle testing to be convenient and easy, so the new program uses auto repair shops, service stations, and car dealers in more than 250 locations with trained inspectors conducting emissions tests. Although the emissions equipment is in place and the technicians have been trained, during Wednesday's demonstration at Dan Perkins Cadillac in Stratford they were still running into a few bumps. For example, the new testing equipment requires a retinal scan from the technician but they couldn't get it to work. And over the past few weeks, the DMV has had to upgrade testing software at a number of stations.But even the DMV admits there's going to be a few bumps in the road, and it still plans to launch the program on Friday.For more information on the program, log on to www.ctemissions.com.

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