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State Lawmakers Look At New Way To Test Car, Truck Emissions

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RALEIGH — State lawmakers are looking at a new way to test car and truck emissions.

Remote laser sensors placed on both sides of the road quickly detect four types of exhaust emissions. A camera also grabs a picture of the car and license tag.

With more cars on the road and inspection fees going up, the remote-sensing vans may ease the inspection process without involving drivers.

"I can do three to four cars a second, and it does not impede traffic at all," says MD Lasertech technician James De Shazo.

The $200,000 vans will not replace inspection stations. They will be used to measure the effectiveness of the state's emissions program.