Scott Reynolds owns Express Transmission in Monaca. He said transmission repairs make up the bulk of his Beaver County business, but he does up to 10 emission tests per month on the side. While his shop might not take a big hit if the program were to disappear, he said others down the road run several hundred tests a month.

“I love these guys, they are great friends of mine and this is how they feed their family,” he said.

Express Transmission owner Scott Reynolds, left, works alongside his son, also named Scott Reynolds, on a vehicle at their Beaver County shop. Photo: Amy Sisk


For their sake, he would like the program to stick around. But for his own business, he said he would be OK if it ended because, like all shop owners, he has to deal with upkeep.

That is particularly troublesome in Philadelphia, where shops run an additional tailpipe test on a small number of older cars, said Ross Colket, president of the Automotive Service Association of Pennsylvania.

He said he would like to see that requirement change.

“Many of the companies that actually made those machines have gone out of business, and in some cases, if there’s a major failure, the owners of the machines cannot get parts,” he said.

But Colket said he opposes what study is proposing to do: end the entire emission testing program in certain counties, as doing so has the potential to further hurt air quality, especially in urban areas.

Soon, the shops like the ones Colket represents will have to get new equipment to keep the tests going. Their technology is outdated, according to PennDOT.

Reynolds is afraid that will cost him more than $10,000.

“I just can’t do it with this size of a shop,” he said. “I’m not big enough to incur those costs.”

He might decide to get out of the program anyway, regardless of what the state decides to do.