Emissions testing locations expanded to 200 in Wisconsin
Charles Benson reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
WAUKESHA- A big change that impacts every driver in southeast Wisconsin.
You'll have to go somewhere new to get a test that keeps your car on the road.
The state is switching from nine inspection sites to 200 private locations. The old sites are now closed. The new places include local auto mechanics and dealers.
Jerry's Auto Service in Waukesha is now offering emissions testing. He is one of 200 inspection sites with potentially better hours.
"It should be more convenient," said John Haunfelder, owner of Jerry's Automotive Service. "Now you may be going to get normal service and get your emissions tests while you're getting your oil changed."
Changing habits make take longer. Chris Peterson stopped by a closed inspection site in Waukesha, now he's looking for a new location.
"I'm going to go to my dealer and find out."
Auto dealers are one option. The state says consumers will have more options and the new places will be closely monitored.
"There's going to be signage up at all the private inspection facilities that are authorized by the DOT to conduct emissions tests," said Scott Selbach, Program Supervisor of Vehicle Emissions Inspection at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
This won't be a money maker for the auto shops but it's supposed to be a money saver for taxpayers, up to $600,000 a year.
Jerry's place will only get a couple of dollars for each inspection, but he's hoping it will bring in more customers.
"We hope if people have questions we can answer them and get them on their way," said Haunfelder.
More than 600,000 emissions tests are done a year. The tests are still free.
To find a location near you, click here or call 1-866-OBD-TEST