Emissions Test Now Required in Some Parts of Eastern Carolina

January 1 marked the start of the North Carolina's Emissions System Testing program in several more counties. The program is aimed at cutting down the amount of ozone forming emission coming out of cars and light trucks.

Vehicles manufactured between 1996 and now will have to undergo a diagnostic test at emissions stations to see if they meet or fail specific emissions standards. Although the law is now in effect you don't have to rush to get the test done. You can wait until the other inspection needs to be performed.

Several counties all across the state already participate in the program, but now add Edgecombe, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, Robeson, Wayne, and Wilson counties to the growing list. The test costs up to $30.