i just happen to be in Clark County, which requires emission testing. I suppose since they are close to Portland, that is the reason why they require emission testing. If I want to get stickers in this county I will need to run the test first, which costs $15. I think I could save that money and drive to another county that doesn’t require emission testing, which is any other county not near Portland or Seattle or Spokane.
At first I thought it was state wide to get emission testing, but they never required it near Raymond WA. I guess they can’t set up an emission testing facility every where.
Part of the reason I’m leaving Oregon is because of the emission testing. I don’t know a lot about it, but want to avoid it. Is the test to detect if there is too much oil burning? Does it say that I need a new catalytic converter? Overall, it says that more money needs to be spent to stick around this area, which is not what I need to do.
Prices and gentrification push me out of areas and draws me closer to other areas. Also, if the city police are jerks, I am also easily enticed to leave sooner. I have no ground to stand on and fight. If push comes to shove, I will fight, but not when I’m outgunned and out-manned.
Here are the counties that require emission testing:
- Clark County
- King County
- Pierce County
- Snohomish County
- Spokane County
The other counties are spared the hassle. I wonder if Oregon also picks and chooses which counties require emission tests. Washington has over 30 counties and only a handful need the testing.
I suppose that across the whole US, you could find the counties that have metropolitan cities will require emission tests. It’s hard to tell if it works effectively enough. I think they should also have a noise test while they are at it.