Most Read: Local

Virginia Politics
Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Drive-by emissions testing clears Va. House and Senate

The Virginia General Assembly has approved legislation intended to make it easier for Northern Virginians to get emissions tests on their vehicles.

Traffic in Alexandria. (Susan Biddle)
The legislation would allow vehicle owners to simply drive past on-road remote sensors, instead of visiting a testing station.

If the vehicle meets state emissions criteria, the owner would be notified and given the option to pay for the inspection by mail or electronically.

The measure was sponsored in the House by Del. Joe T. May (R-Loudoun) and in the Senate by Sens. John C. Watkins (R-Powhatan) and Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax).

“Ninety percent of the vehicles in Northern Virginia are clean running vehicles,” May said in a prepared statement. “There is no reason we should not reward these motorists with an alternative testing option that will save time and reduce the inconvenience of obtaining an emission inspection at a traditional station.”

By  |  11:09 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Read what others are saying

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company