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Department Of Motor Vehicles Clamps Down On Emissions Tests

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The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles says cars that do not pass emissions requirements will now fail inspections.

Last year, about 14.8 percent of cars did not pass their emissions tests in Vermont and were given a temporary reprieve. WCAX-TV reports the DMV notified repair shops via email that the conditional pass for cars that don't meet emissions standards ended Tuesday.

Repair shop officials say fixing an emissions problem can range from $20 for a gas cap replacement to upwards of $1,200 for a new catalytic converter. But if the repairs are more than $200 and not covered under a warranty, car owners can apply for a waiver.

Emissions tests have been part of the state inspection process since 1996.

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