In One Eye

Thursday, July 14, 2005
 
In the staring match between Richard Blumenthal and Connecticut's Department of Motor Vehicles, it was the DMV that blinked.
A half-million Connecticut motorists who were told they would have to get emissions tests in 2005 and 2006 will be tested only once during that period, the Department of Motor Vehicles said Wednesday.

The state emissions tests are supposed to be conducted every other year. But several hundred thousand cars and small trucks missed tests while the program was suspended between April 22 and Nov. 12, 2004. In April, the DMV announced it would schedule those vehicles for tests in consecutive years to put the program back on schedule.

The department backtracked after Attorney General Richard Blumenthal advised them that state law does not allow for charging consumers more than $20 for the test over two years.
A victory for sanity.