OUR VIEW: Keep emissions fee cap

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 1:24 PM

Editorial Board

There should be no increase in the amount of money emissions inspection stations are allowed to charge vehicle owners.

Twenty five dollars is the current cap to charge for an emissions inspections, which takes about 10 minutes. Nevertheless, local inspectors apparently feel that they are not getting enough compensation for these 10 minutes or less. They have submitted a proposal to the Weber-Morgan Board of Health to increase the price cap to $30. To examine the issue, the Weber-Morgan Board of Health will have a public hearing at 4 p.m., June 25 at the Weber-Morgan Health Department B Auditorium, second floor, 477 23 St., Ogden.

We urge readers to submit oral or written comments against this proposal to hike the fee cap. Written comments may be submitted to the Environmental Health Section of the Health Department, or by email to bcowan@co.weber.ut.us, until 3:30 p.m. June 25.

Information on the fee schedule is available online at http://www.webermorganhealth.org or by visiting the second floor of the Environmental Health office of the Weber-Morgan Health Department, 477 23rd St., in Ogden.

Motorists who are required to submit to an emissions test for their vehicle are a captive audience. We realize that the $30 proposal is merely a maximum cap, and that emissions tests will not always cost that much, or even the current $25. We hope that testing centers which charge well below the caps are rewarded with more business than high-charging competitors.

However, a $30 cap for a 10-minute government-mandated procedure is overkill. It's way too much money to pay for the procedure.

The temptation of testers to charge that high a price should not be enabled by government.

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