Under pressure from community officials, automotive experts, and motorists, the Illinois Senate adopted the following resolution, S.R. 122, asking for an end to the IM-240 test:
WHEREAS, There have been numerous occasions in which Illinois citizens have had their motor vehicles damaged as a result of mandated vehicle emission inspections required by the Environmental Protection Agency; and
WHEREAS, Vehicle emission testing programs have been implemented in other states that are designed to be safer for the vehicle and avoid damage during the emission inspection process; and
WHEREAS, When a person has his or her vehicle damaged during an emission inspection, the person should be informed as to his or her rights and compensated for the damage; therefore be it
RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETY-FIRST GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we urge the Governor and the Environmental Protection Agency to examine whether or not a more user-friendly and proven vehicle emission test, similar to the tests performed in other states, can be implemented in this State; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we urge the Governor and the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a system that would better inform persons who have had their vehicles damaged during an emission test, and a system whereby a complaint for damages during an emission inspection is filed, the complaint is investigated by a neutral party; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be delivered to the Governor and the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency.
As we go to press, there have been no changes in emission test procedures or complaint investigation in Illinois.