Saturday, July 12, 2008

Emissons testing "failure" rate jumped from 1% to 8%

in Davidson County last year. Thanks to Jeremy Finley and WSMV for investigating this disaster in 2007. The "failure" rate jumped from 1% to 8% when new testing equipment was installed. Its now back down to 4%. Councilman Tygard said "we need to get a handle on the problem. What we need to do is put an end to auto emissions testing, it is a complete waste of time and money.

City records show that this year, the number of cars failing emissions tests jumped from 1 percent to 8 percent by the time the company Systech was hired in July. Systech brought in new testing software and the failure rate came down, but it is still higher than before at 4 percent.

The figure means that about 20,000 cars in Davidson County are failing the tests, according to I-Team calculations.

Metro Councilman Charlie Tygard said he got a surprise failure because of his gas cap.

"I think it's really strange to go from 1 percent to 8 percent to 4 percent within the space of four months. I think we need to get a handle on that,” said Tygard.