I'd like to know why I pay $30 every year to make sure my car is not emitting any toxic fumes, while old cars and trucks continue to emit not just a little but plumes of noxious smoke. This morning while driving to work on Riverside Drive, an old pickup was spouting two columns of dark, gray smoke. Even though I had my air conditioning on, the noxious fumes filled my car making it hard for me to breathe. My 95-year-old mother, who is on oxygen, began to pant for breath, so I was forced to take a detour, making me late for work.
I am outraged that this is allowed on our roads. I am happy to comply with rules about emissions, but what good is it if everyone is not also forced to comply?
— Carolyn B. Pidgeon