We have pollution tests here in NY too. They are a royal pain. I’ve seen situations where even if everything is ok with the car, but one too many “readyness” indicators aren’t set, the car inspector has no choice but to deny the car an inspection sticker. The owner has 10 days to rectify the problem. If it can’t be corrected in 10 days, the old inspection sticker is removed and the car can no longer be legally driven. In other words, a car can effectively be determined to be “scrap” based on a computer glitch.Our 2009 fortwo has once again passed the California smog test! Every 2 years we are forced to submit to "STAR station only" inspection, the most stringent level of test locations. Have our state overlords flagged smart cars as probable polluters? Cars under one litre should be exempt! Years ago I drove a Fiat 850 spider, which at the time was smog exempt due to it's engine being only 817cc.
I’ve been all over the world. China, Mexico, India, The Philippines, Africa and many many more places. I’ve personally witnessed that most countries don’t give a rats behind about the environment. I watched nightly burning of garbage (including plastics), rampant and blatant littering, cars and Industrial equipment with zero pollution control, and too many more examples to mention.
I bought my Smart and Chevy Volt to use less gas and be more environmentally friendly, but until the whole world joins in, the USA, Canada, and Europe aren’t going to make more than a small dent in global warming.
If politicians and environmentalists really want to make an impact, it’s time to acknowledge that it’s not our little cars that are the problem. It’s counties and governments that aren’t doing their part.
Sorry for the rant…