By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Starting Monday, passing through an Ohio E-check station will take a little less time if your car is a 1996 model or newer.
New testing equipment hooks into a newer car's computer system, allowing the E-check tester to tell within seconds if the vehicle passes or fails the mandatory test. Cars older than 1996 will still have to spin its tires on a treadmill for four minutes.
Heidi Griesmer, spokeswoman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, said the state has been working for months with the E-check contractor to install the equipment.
There are three stages to the $19.50 testing procedure required of car owners every two years. The new technology only applies to the second stage. They are:
Entry and recording of the vehicle's VIN number.
Gas cap check.
The entire process takes about 15 minutes; that time will be cut to about 10 minutes for people with newer cars, Griesmer said.
Still, Butler County Commissioner Courtney Combs, a vocal opponent of the E-check process, isn't impressed.
"If the OEPA wishes to make the process more efficient they can eliminate it altogether," Comb said Saturday. "They keep beating a dead horse. Why waste all this money, time, buildings and energy with something we don't need."
Enquirer reporter Marie McCain contributed. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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