Baltimore Sun: Hogan VEIP regs: Clean air, less hassle

Every two years the notice comes in the mail — time to get your car’s emissions test. You find time to drive to a Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program station somewhere, sit in line, drive into a test bay and wait while someone hooks some diagnostics up to your car — most likely not actually going anywhere near your tailpipe. A few minutes and $14 later, you’re on your way, thinking to yourself, “Does anybody actually fail this test?”

Not that many, actually. The overall failure rate, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment, which co-administers the test with the Motor Vehicle Administration, is about 8 percent. But look specifically at new cars, and the failure rate is practically non-existent — about 0.5 percent for cars that are less than three years old…

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