Davis County Board of Health wants emission testing of older diesel vehicles to continue

Davis County • Officials suggest hiring private firm to check older diesel vehicles.
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Clearfield • When the Davis County Technical Center in Kaysville closes at the end of the year, there no longer will be a vehicle-testing station in the county with the technology for emission testing of older diesel vehicles.

So the county Board of Health is recommending that a private company be hired to continue to provide testing of those cars and trucks at the inspection and maintenance center. The board voted unanimously Tuesday to forward the recommendation to the Davis County Commission.

Lewis Garrett, director of the Davis County Health Department, said the upcoming closure has created a problem with testing 2007 and older light- and medium-duty diesel vehicles. Those vehicles are tested with a dynamometer, he said, and none of the 106 private stations in Davis County that offer emissions testing has that equipment.

About 7,800 of the approximately 189,000 cars and trucks registered in the county are older diesel cars and trucks and they have a failure rate of about 5 percent, according to Garrett.

The other options he presented to board members were to discontinue the diesel emissions program; require diesel vehicles to be tested in the private stations without a dynamometer; or keep enough staff at the Kaysville center to provide diesel testing services. Garrett recommended that the county contract with a private company, saying it would be less expensive than retaining workers.

The upcoming closure of the vehicle inspection and maintenance center was prompted by legislation that significantly cuts the number of required vehicle safety inspections, which will reduce the revenue generated, Garrett said. He estimated the closure will save the county about $300,000 in operating costs next year.


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