Politicians were'nt listening last year
when thousands of residents called Fiscal Court and demanded Repeal of Tailpipe Testing!

This year candidates for Governor / Lt Governor are listening and oppose the test

I would like to tell you which candidate, but:  KRS 121.990 provides that "any person who knowingly violates any provision of KRS 121.150 to 121.230...or KRS Chapter 121A, shall for each offense, be guilty of a Class D felony." Trouble is these election laws, which apply only to citizens and grassroots organizations, are so ambiguous I'm fearful of transgressing.

I would like to quote the candidates platform position on vehicle testing.  However, the distribution or republication of campaign material produced or prepared by a candidates’ campaign does not qualify as an independent expenditure. Distribution or republication of such material would be considered an in-kind contribution, not an independent expenditure. {KRS 121.015(6); KRS 121.150(1) and AO 95-012}"

The commercial "free press" is exempt from election laws to insure "corporate freedom of speech" 
Call and ask them to report how gubenatorial candidates stand on the issue?

WAVE-3: 561-4150, WHAS-11: 582-7220, WLKY-32: 893-3671, WDRB-41: 561-7707, CJ: 582-4011

Questionable Effects of Tailpipe Testing:

It Created a Private monopoly - After passing Vehicle Emissions Testing, Judge Mitch McConnell and the County Commissioners, turned over implementation and day to day operations to Gordon-Darby, Inc. This created a private monopoly and guaranteed 450,000 customers annually! Private business has to make a profit. Couldn’t county workers provide "the service"  for less?

Fills the Court System with the working poor - The Jefferson County Court System processes 16,000+ VET related court cases a year! Some politicians have requested a new and larger facility be built. Repealing the VET may eliminate the need for a courthouse building program and free the Sheriff's Department to serve Felony Warrants.

Sets precedent for government to tell citizens how and when to spend after tax dollars. The $8.25 is a fee and not a tax or is it a rose by another name?

Automobile Manufacturers, Sales & Service are Beneficiaries -
The owner of a garage says tightening standards are making it difficult or impossible to get his customers cars to pass. When I asked the garage owner how the offending cars drove, he said fine. Isn't that ironic? We used to take a car to the garage when it did not run well and replace it when we could afford to.

The VET is an example of Federal Government trampling States Rights – Politicians claim repeal will cost Jefferson County Federal Funding. Uncle Sam’s rebate to the states that comply is blackmail and proves American citizens are paying too much in Federal Taxes! The 10th Amendment grants all powers to the States that are not specifically delegated to the Federal Government.

The Law does not apply equally to all:

  • 600,000 cars across the state pollute as much as 600,000 cars in 4 tested counties! Only Jefferson County and Northern Kentucky have Emissions Testing Programs.
  • Tens of thousands of interstate vehicles pass through Jefferson County daily.
  • Heavy trucks (corporations) are exempt from testing.


Government officials knew 30 years ago pollution would become a problem. But they did not discourage the automobile industry and encourage mass transit.

Politicians are the biggest promoters of clean air programs like tailpipe testing.  Yet they continue to encourage   building programs in densely populated urban areas:

Bringing the UPS National Hub to Louisville -
Takeoffs and landings are the most polluting aspects of air traffic. Clean air would have been preserved and new jobs secured by building in an adjacent county. Airport Expansion added more pollution to Jefferson County than a punitive VET program can reclaim

In a candid moment, a County Judge Candidate admitted
you could close Jefferson County borders to everything but bicycle traffic and there would still be days that would not meet federal air standards. Non-compliance days result when pollution from Canada in the winter or Mexico and other states in the summer gets trapped in the Ohio River Valley.

Only 6% of 450,000 vehicles tested fail the VET. It is questionable whether reducing pollutants emitted by a small percentage of cars improves the quality of air in Jefferson County sufficiently to warrant the $3,564,000 and 216,000 hours (@ 30 min ea.) spent by the 94% who pass?

Air quality has improved  because Japanese competition resulted in fuel-efficient cars and the Federal Government required manufacturers to incorporate catalytic converters. Improving technology and letting the individuals  purchase it as they can afford to, is the only equitable way to reduce vehicular pollution.

The VET program   places the burden for improving air quality squarely on the shoulders of those least able to pay, the poor, retired and young people starting out! Among the 6% who fail are unfortunates who cannot afford to repair or replace their vehicles. Nobody wants to drive and undependable or poorly running vehicle.

"The VET requirement places undue financial burdens on car owners in Jefferson, Kenton, Boone and Campbell Counties and will do nothing to improve the quality of the air. Its main impact is to create new wealth for corporations in the form of Emission Tax Credits which they may sell or trade to other corporations but not to individuals. We will put the interests of the citizens above the interest of corporate profits."