- Location: Idaho
Smog & Emission Checks in Idaho
It's happened to everyone. You are driving behind a car that is spewing a smokescreen of gray, pungent fumes, and as the exhaust chokes you, you say to yourself, "How did that car ever pass an emissions test?"
While it may seem like a hassle to keep your car running clean, the task of keeping your emissions in check is not only the friendly thing to do for your fellow drivers, it's the law. Well, not exactly for everyone.
When gasoline or diesel does not fully combust, it becomes what we know as vehicle emissions. But gas is not the only culprit that contributes to clouding our air. Emission controls, the design of your engine, and the improper care of your car can add to the problem. The result is a combination of pollutants such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, and dangerous organic compounds.
Cars are to blame for 75 percent of the carbon monoxide and 65 percent of the hydrocarbon that pollutes our air. The scary part is that more than half of this pollutions comes from only 10 percent of the vehicles on the road. That's why it is so important to maintain your vehicle and make sure it is not one of the bad seeds.
Although we are far from a solution, we can do our part getting the emissions tested. So far, the emissions testing program has reduced pollution from vehicles by 18%.
Canyon County and the city of Kuna in Ada County are the only places in Idaho that require the registered vehicles of its residents to go through emissions testing.
Most vehicles are required to pass an emissions test, the law does not require that all vehicles be tested. If you are unsure about your car's emissions test requirements you can visit the Idaho Vehicle Inspection Program's website to find out if and when you need to have your car tested.Local Smog Check Stations
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