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Drivers in Washington D.C. can perform their own vehicle emission tests 24 hours a day thanks to a new self-service kiosk developed by Opus company Envirotest for the city’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
The user-friendly system is designed to offer more convenience for motorists, and help governments achieve greater compliance with emission standards. Similar Opus self-service kiosks are in use in Ohio and Maryland as part of Opus inspection programs.
Motorists access the system on a touch screen display, then plug a cable into the on-board diagnostic (OBD) port on their car and start the engine. The kiosk provides audio instructions and prints out a vehicle inspection report once the test is complete.
Self-service is available for privately cars model year 2005 or newer. The system automatically checks the vehicle identification number (VIN) to verify the right vehicle is being tested. The D.C. government is already considering more self-service kiosks in locations across the city.
“We’re proud to extend the convenience and efficiency of self-service testing to D.C. residents,” says Tyria Roper, Opus Maryland Program Manager. “The technology, which has been tried and tested in our existing programs, is easy for motorists to use and completely secure.”
The kiosk was launched by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
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