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Contact: Jim Berzok
RELEASE: November 25, 1997

Enhanced emissions test
lane at Bakers Basin operational


The enhanced emissions testing demonstration project at the Bakers Basin inspection station opened today 9 a.m. A problem with the electrical circuitry in the dynamometer was repaired last night.

As of 11 a.m., 15 out of a total 19 vehicles have passed the enhanced emissions test for an 80 percent passing rate. Three out of those 15 cars failed inspection for safety reasons.

Yesterday, at the New Jersey’s other enhanced emissions testing lane at the Wayne, 71 out of 74 vehicles passed the new enhanced emissions test for an 96 percent passing rate. Fifteen out of those 71 vehicles failed inspection for safety reasons and another seven failed inspection because they could not pass the gas cap test.

The enhanced emissions test is being offered to the public as part of a demonstration project at the inspection stations at Wayne and Bakers Basin (Lawrence Township, Mercer County). As motorists drive into the stations they will be asked by an inspector if they want to take the enhanced emissions test. Motorists who choose take the new enhanced emissions test and pass will receive a vehicle inspection report which gives information on the vehicle’s emissions and they will receive a two year inspection sticker.

Motorists who choose to take the new test and fail will be able to take the current tailpipe emissions test and, if they pass, will receive the current one-year sticker. Motorists who fail the enhanced test will be given the current emissions test on the spot and will not have get back in line.

Motorists who pass the enhanced emissions test, but fail the gas cap test will receive a regular one-year inspection sticker. However, if those motorists return to the inspection station with a receipt showing a new gas cap was purchased they will receive a two-year inspection sticker. The gas cap test is designed to detect gasoline vapors leaking through faulty caps.

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