Upcoming Changes to Wisconsin's Emissions Program

What you need to know about how and where you will go to get your emissions tested on your vehicle.

Wisconsin’s emissions program is about to change.

Starting July 2, you will no longer be able to test at the stations you once went to. Those locations are owned by a company named Envirotest. Previously, Envirotest contracted with the state to administer emissions tests.

Earlier this year, another company named Systech outbid Envirotest for the emissions contract. Now instead of 5 company owned test facilities, there will be 200 in a 7 county area. Systech is contracting with local repair facilities to do the emissions tests.                           

What does this mean for the consumer? There should be shorter wait times. With 200 test locations the volume at stations will be much less. Test centers will be
more convenient with locations closer to consumers. There will be an increase in hours available to test. All 200 centers are required to be open a minimum of 50 hours per week to test cars.

With 200 test locations the volume at stations will be much less. Test centers will be more convenient with locations closer to consumers.

That’s where the difference ends. Everything else should remain the same. There is no charge to the consumer for the first 3 tests. All you need to do is take your registration slip showing your due for testing when you go in. Testing will be required every other year on your vehicles unless there is an ownership change which could shorten that term temporarily.

There will be a barrage of media attention giving more details before the program changes. Watch for a website showing locations of new test stations. Changes should be seamless to the consumer and if everything goes as planned it should make life easier for all involved.

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wow!!!!! March 15, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Good please john you are just another man on the payroll to talk and sit down and tell us all about LIES AND HOW BAD YOU CAN GET OUR MONEY!
wow!!!!! March 15, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Just like the us government, wow lets force people to get health care and if you don't we are going to take your money at the end of the year! Home of the free USA. Wow did we get that wrong now! Its the home to our NEW NEW NEW ROBBERS THE USA. UNITED STATES GOVERMENT WANTS TO ROB US NOW OF OUR HARD EARNED CASH. Thanks so much. Its not so free health care. Not even home of the free any more!!!!!!!
wow!!!!! March 15, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Noticed john did not, did not comment on the others like. What Steve wrote, rob, David wrote, why cause all these guys are hard working people that talk the truth and stand up and work hard for there family's and do care. Ha ha ha john john well have any thing to try to give a lie about!!!!!!!!!
FreeThought Troy March 15, 2013 at 04:50 PM
I did see a local dealership with a big banner stating they do emissions tested. I had wondered what that was about. Thank you, John, for your article. It cleared up a lot. Thank you to the other Patch posters who asked legit questions & didn’t take up space by ranting at a guy who didn’t do anything but write an article to inform and answer “nut and bolts” questions and refrained from going political. These questions were also on my mind, and the answers addressed them. I am sure John does have his political views about all of this stuff. I appreciated his keeping it as objective as possible. There are plenty of other blogs for political rants. Trust me, I use them. John is a small business owner trying to get ahead of the game. This is a great article.
John Haunfelder March 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Thanks Troy. I knew this would turn political at some point. I try and keep my views to myself and stick to fixing or informing people on there vehicles.


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