Emissions Testing Centers To Observe Holiday Hours

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Auto emissions testing centers in Hamilton County (Chattanooga) will operate during special hours during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday. All Hamilton County emissions testing centers will be closed Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday, with all stations to resume testing on Wednesday, Dec. 26 at their regular scheduled hours.

 Auto emissions testing centers will close for the New Year’s holiday at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 and will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at regular scheduled hours. 

“Planning ahead helps keep waiting to a minimum,” said Prentiss Taylor, program manager for the Tennessee vehicle inspection program administered by Envirotest Systems. “It’s a good idea to take vehicles mid-week when testing volume is usually light and to avoid testing in the final days of the month.”

Envirotest, the world’s leading provider of vehicle emissions testing and inspection, has a contract with the State of Tennessee to test autos for the improvement of air quality in Hamilton County as required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to meet the Clean Air Act. “Auto emissions testing has proven effective in helping Tennessee improve its air quality,” Taylor said. 

Normal hours of operation and testing center locations for Hamilton County are as follows:

• 5206 Austin Road in Hixson and 720 Eastgate Loop in Chattanooga are open Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. with Saturday hours from 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for both locations.

• 1620 Riverfront Parkway and 7460 Bonnyshire Drive in Chattanooga are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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