Starting Monday, July 2, the seven counties in southeast Wisconsin that require vehicle emissions testing will switch from a centralized system to a decentralized system. The change means motorists will have the opportunity to choose from approximately 200 testing locations. Currently, there are nine.
The changes are being implemented through a competitively-bid contract awarded to Systech International. Systech currently runs decentralized programs in Utah, Rhode Island, Missouri and Idaho.
DMV Bureau of Vehicle Services Director Mitchell Warren notes “this change is good for motorists because emissions testing will be more convenient and good for the state because the new program will cost less to administer.”
Of the 33 states required by the US Clean Air Act to perform emissions testing, 24 use decentralized or hybrid networks – a combination of both centralized and decentralized networks. The advantage of a decentralized system is that inspections are done at carefully selected local automotive repair facilities in convenient locations with extended hours. Required inspections under the new program are still free, as are the first two re-inspections. The facilities were selected for their technical expertise, experience, convenient locations and business reputations. All vehicle inspectors employed at these facilities undergo a comprehensive training course and must pass an exam before they can inspect vehicles. More program information can be found at www.wisconsinvip.org.