By Ian Berry
Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Beck said today that the county should take over the vehicle emissions testing program once the current contract runs out in 2011.
Doing so would give the county flexibility to adjust how it administers the program, he said, and could be included with “safety lane” checks that the county once had.
Mr. Beck and Commissioner Bill Hullander inquired about the possibility last week. Mr. Beck said other commissioners have not received the idea warmly, saying it would be a headache for the county to take over the program.
“I don’t see what a headache that would be,” Mr. Beck told the Times Free Press editorial board. “It’s a headache now.”
The program now is administered by Envirotest. Mr. Beck and others have raised questions about the implementation of the program and the hardship they say it poses for some residents.
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