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)

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.”