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The Secretary of State’s Off ice will include an
indication on vehicle registration renewal notices whether
an emissions test is required before the renewal can be
completed. Eventually, motorists will also be able to
utilize an on-line tool to easily determine whether a vehicle
is due for a test.
To ease the t ransition to this new enforcement
mechanism, the Illinois EPA will send one notice to
the owner(s) of vehicles due for testing. The new notice,
yellow in color, will be mailed about 4 months prior to the
expiration of the vehicle registration (license plates), thereby
allowing sufficient time to test the vehicle and, when
necessary, perform repairs and set readiness monitors.
Repair shops and technicians will be assured that they
are test-driving a vehicle with valid registration by simply
checking the license plate sticker. Temporary trip permits
are still available from select Secretary of State facilities
for vehicles that have expired registration (plates).
Once a vehicle passes a test or is issued a waiver, the
Secretary of State’s Office is automatically notified -
- electronically -- that the vehicle has complied, thereby
allowing a renewal sticker to be sold at a Secretary of State
facility, currency exchange or other authorized agents.
For the majority of motorists who keep their vehicle
inspections current, the program change will have little
impact. The change will also ensure that vehicles in
affected areas have current emissions inspections.
The Illinois vehicle emissions test program has evolved
over the years, starting with idle test technology in
1986, advancing to transient loaded-mode technology
(IM240) in 1999, and incorporating OBD technology
in 2004. In February 2007, most 1995 and older model
year vehicles were exempted from testing. Many of these
changes were the result of improved technology in engine
management and emissions-control systems. At various
times, the boundaries of the testable area changed, and test
stations were added or removed.
The evolution will continue in 2008 when a new
contractor takes over the operation of the test network. The
state awarded a contract to Applus+ Technologies (Applus), a
local company headquartered in Chicago. Applus currently
operates vehicle emissions test programs in the states of
Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts and Washington.
Exact details are still being finalized, but it is hoped that
Applus will take over operation of the test stations from
Envirotest sometime in 2008.
Applus is already hard at work. They opened a program
office in suburban Wood Dale and are busy putting together
all of the various pieces of the new network. Applus plans
to operate 17 test-only “centralized” test stations, 14 in
Northeastern Illinois and 3 in the Metro-East St. Louis area.
In addition to the “centralized” stations, motorists will have
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506 November 5 (Mon) Using a DSO for OBDII Testing and Repair Verification Joliet Junior College
606 November 6 (Tues) Repair Techniques – Mode 6, P0300 DTC’s Triton College
& Air Fuel Ratio Sensors
715 November 7 (Wed) Advanced Evaporative Repair Techniques Part 1 Prairie State College
716 November 8 (Thurs) Advanced Evaporative Repair Techniques Part 2 Prairie State College
105 November 13 (Tues) Fixing Emission Problems By Reprogramming Oakton Community College
308 November 15 (Thurs) You “CAN” Run & Set Monitors Lake County H.S. Technology Campus
413 November 26 (Mon) Understanding OBDII Using Information & Technology Part 1 Truman College
414 November 27 (Tues) Understanding OBDII Using Information & Technology Part 2 Truman College
507 November 29 (Thurs) Using a DSO for OBDII Testing and Repair Verification Morton College
717 December 4, (Tues) Advanced Evaporative Repair Techniques Part 1 Triton College
718 December 5 (Wed) Advanced Evaporative Repair Techniques Part 2 Triton College
309 December 6 (Thurs) You “CAN” Run & Set Monitors Oakton Community College
415 December 10 (Mon) Understanding OBDII Using Information & Technology Part 1 Prairie State College
416 December 11 (Tues) Understanding OBDII Using Information & Technology Part 2 Prairie State College
607 December 13 (Thurs) Repair Techniques – Mode 6, P0300 DTC’s College of DuPage
& Air Fuel Ratio Sensors
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