But Canyon County residents were angry at Ada’s efforts to push mandatory car emissions testing.
That’s basically it. They get no sympathy from Rex Robert McCoy who has this proposal:
I am writing about the air quality and Canyon County. Dan Romero was quoted as saying, “When you start to impose more regulations and bureaucracy on Canyon County, they say just leave me alone.” My suggestion is that we will leave them alone when they quit driving Canyon County registered vehicles in Ada County. You are contributing to our air problem but not willing to do anything about it.
These drivers should be stopped, checked for an inspection certificate, and if they don’t have one, be ticketed. Once they present an inspection certificate, the ticket would be voided. I don’t understand what the big deal is to pay for an inspection once a year to ensure your car is not polluting the air.
This should apply to all vehicles that are driven in Ada County. Even the ones from other counties belonging to people who have property in those counties.
Well, Mr. McCoy has clearly got a practical mind. We can stop every single car coming out of Canyon County or anywhere else to make sure they’ve got emission stickers. We can even set up roadblocks on the Interstate. Those people from Montana, Utah, Washington want to drive through OUR city and pollute our air, they’d bettter have an emissions test.
Indeed, we’ve found the perfect way to unite right wingers and left wing Ada County residents. Just tell the left wing Ada County residents that illegal aliens are crossing the border in SUVs and it’ll get both sides to agree to build a wall around Ada County to keep out illegals and SUV drivers.
Now, this might have the effect of crippling our economy, massively inconveniencing our businesses, costing us millions in enforcement costs, and getting a bill introduced to move the State Capitol to Pocatello, but the important thing is that NO CAR would get into Ada County without an emissions test.
The big reason is that its a $15 fee if your car fails the emission’s test. Here’s a clue. Who is driving the old cars that have emissions problems? Poor people. Its a huge cost to someone who’s not making a lot of money.
I came to Boise to 2003, and I was driving an old 1982 Mazda GLC and it got somewhere between 25-30 miles to the gallon, which was good because I was earning less than 25 K a year. In March 2004, I received the card saying that I needed to get this thing certified for emissions. I drove it down to the emissions place and they’re unable to test it because the muffler was out. The car was noisier without the muffler, but otherwise I didn’t particularly need it, except to pass the emissions test, so I did about $120 muffler job.
I came back and it failed emissions miserably and I took to it my mechanic. My mechanic had to get a catylitic convert and a few other parts custom made and I was looking at another $130 or so.
I took it back to emissions and it failed again. As I’d spent $250, I thought I was done because they said they would give a 1 year waiver if you’d completed $200 in emissions related repairs. However, the county didn’t count the muffler job, so it was back to the repair shop. They did more work on it and about May 15th, I got it passed emissions. On July 1st, it died.
I got another cheap car and got a tune up for it on my own. Then in September mI got the emissions card, took the car down and it failed emissions. Another $65 later, it passed.
So I spent about 1-2% of my household income complying with Ada County’s emission law. Of course, that’s a small price to pay in order to breathe the same air as Rex Robert McCoy.
Having said that, its unfair that Canyon County residents don’t have to do emissions, but we really just have ourselves to blame. We’re the ones who have a County Commission that requires it. Its also somewhat silly to try and push this off on Canyon County, when a lot of people come to work from Boise County and Mountain Home. Really, if you’re going to do this, you’d need a statewide law.
And if we’re going to have a state law, we’d better do some things to make sure we’re not stranding poor people, particularly in areas like Bonner’s Ferry or anywhere in Northern Idaho, really. You need better public transportation. You need some type of non-profit group that will help poor people get their cars up to standards to pass emissions. Until then, this issue is just really Limousine liberalism.