Legislative Audit Commission
RESOLUTION NO. 119
WHEREAS, Illinois citizens in the Chicago metropolitan and East Saint Louis area are required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to have their motor vehicles undergo mandatory emission inspections; and
WHEREAS, some have argued that the treadmill test (IM-240) employed in the emission inspection and the lack of due care used by the employees of Envirotest, the company that operates the testing stations for the IEPA, has, on numerous occasions, resulted in many vehicles being damaged; and
WHEREAS, it is unfortunate enough that our citizens must suffer the inconvenience of having their vehicles tested, they should not be further inconvenienced by losing the use of the vehicle due to having their brakes, transmission, tires or other vehicle parts damaged in a testing station; and
WHEREAS, in many instances, Envirotest denies claims for damages based on a pre-existing condition, while at the same time the vehicle owners state that their vehicles were operating normally prior to the test;
WHEREAS, it is reported that the State of Ohio has discarded the IM-240 test and replaced it with a test which eliminates most of the causes of vehicle damage; therefore be it
RESOLVED, BY THE LEGISLATIVE AUDIT COMMISSION that the Auditor General is directed to conduct a management audit of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program; and be it further
RESOLVED, that this audit shall include, but need not be limited to, the following determinations:
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and all entities having information relevant to this audit, including vendors, shall cooperate fully and promptly with the Office of the Auditor General in the conduct of this audit; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the Auditor General commence this audit as soon as possible and report his findings and recommendation upon completion to the Legislative Audit Commission, the Governor and the members of the General Assembly in accordance with the provisions of the Illinois State Auditing Act.
Adopted this 25th day of July, 2000.