State vehicle emission test stations close for Independence Day

July 1, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. July 1, 2012

Motorists should plan vehicle emissions tests around Independence Day, as test stations close for the holiday.

Owners in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Clark and Spokane counties must undergo vehicle emissions tests to limit air pollution in densely populated areas.

The test stations plan reopen July 5 with expanded hours. The increase in hours is meant to increase the ease for motorists in need of emissions tests.

In order make sure testing is done in a timely manner, vehicle owners should not wait until too close to the license tabs expiration deadline.

The vehicle could fail the emissions test because it needs repairs or because the vehicle’s on-board diagnostic system has not had enough time to monitor the vehicle’s emissions controls.

Each emissions test is valid for a year, so vehicle owners may test in advance of license tab expiration dates. Owners do not need a renewal notice in order to undergo the test.

Starting July 5, emission test stations remain open from:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays
  • 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays
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