With modern technology being as advanced as it is, can someone inform the unenlightened me, why emissions tests are done in states other than CA??
Pat Bedard (or possibly Csaba) at Car and Driver ha$ written $ome intere$ting article$ regarding emi$$ion$ te$t$.
Like traffic $camera$ (Bedard's term) and other satanic devices, they are a hidden tax and they often make conditions more dangerous rather than supporting their "safety" claims.
The technology has existed for some time regarding roadside emissions testers which can identify individual vehicles that are emitting noxious fumes. If lawmakers were earnestly interested in reducing smog emitters while best serving the interests of their employers (the taxpaying citizens, lest we forget), that is what they would do.
But it's much easier to create a blanket fee, and far more profitable.
The business-government axis creating imaginative new taxation and punishment methods is a slippery slope we're going down fast.
FWIW, I often smell a vehicle ahead that's burning oil, shipping raw gas out the tailpipe (followed a 57 Chevy yesterday...wow, stinky!
), or otherwise making things smelly/smoggy for the rest of us.
I am sure there are many folks with more sensitive olfactory systems who could function as rolling emissions testers to tag vehicles that make it stinky or smoggy.