Services for auto emissions testing might expand

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 1:43pm

The Metro health board last week renewed its contract with Systech International, a contractor that has carried out the city’s auto-emissions testing since 2007.

Under the contract extension, which would run from 2012 through 2017, Metro would receive a larger portion of the $9 fee Davidson County’s registered drivers pay to have their vehicles inspected. Currently, Metro receives $3.50. The renegotiated contract would give Metro $4 from each $9 fee.

The contract is set to go before the Metro Council for final approval at a future meeting.

Health department officials say the additional 50 cents would allow the city to expand its auto-emissions testing services. They would include: expanding Saturday hours at the Antioch auto-emissions testing station; opening an additional Saturday station on Dickerson Road in East Nashville; and expanding the hours of operation for the city’s four mobile test vans.

“It basically involves opening more stations and leaving some open longer in lieu of Metro receiving that 50 cents,” said Fred Huggins, director of the department’s vehicle and emissions testing program. 

The health department is also looking into a new system that would combine some driver services, allowing drivers to get their registration documentation and vehicle stickers at the same place where they have their vehicles inspected. Right now, drivers must go to the Davidson County Clerk’s Office in MetroCenter or one of its satellite locations.

“It’s something that we’re working on,” Huggins said. “Honestly, we may not be able to make it happen. We’re going to be experimenting with it and seeing just how much extra time it takes in the lanes. If it slows things down in the lanes too much and it makes them back up too badly, then we won’t be able to do it.”

3 Comments on this post:

By: docome on 10/12/10 at 1:17

docome Most other states(ie; fla) have stopped this testing. No one
likes waiting in long lines after the feds have already required to
build cars that will meet these test.

By: WE231 on 10/12/10 at 6:28

I wish Tennessee would require ALL counties to have a safety inspection, not just for emissions. Many other states like Georgia and Florida have safety inspections. Ideally, older vehicles would be exempt from the emissions test, but must pass all other tests such as lights (headlights, taillights, brake lights, & turn signals), brakes, tire tread, windshield wipers, and horn. All of these things are essential for a vehicle to travel ours roads safely. Now if we could only figure out how to keep drunk drivers off the road.

By: Dr.CleanAir on 10/14/10 at 9:18

docom on; I lived in Florida for 23 years. Their emissions system became heavily comtaminated with fraud. Used car dealers were taped leaving emissions stations with the windshield stickers by the handsfull. They would paste them on their use cars without ever getting the vehicle tested. Senator Bob Gram stopped that when he was elected Govenor. Florida is reinstituting vehicle inspection to control pollution in the larger cities.
Nobody likes to wait in line but nobody likes to breath bad air either - ask anyone from LA. New cars are built to meet the emissions standards but they age and components wear out causing them to pollute. This is the major reason for the inspections test.
To avoid "long" lines visit the stations during the middle two weeks of any month. Many people wait until the very last day before getting an inspection making the lines long. For information please visit: There you will see the actual wait queues in real time.

Thanks for your concern and comments.