Illinois resumes sending vehicle emissions test reminders

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PUTNEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Exhaust fumes from a car in Putney High Street on January 10, 2013 in Putney, England. Local media are reporting local environmental campaigners claims that levels of traffic pollutants, mostly nitrogen dioxide, have breached upper safe limits in the busy street in south west London. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The state of Illinois will resume sending vehicle emissions test notices after it stopped in February due to the lack of a state budget.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Secretary of State said Wednesday that that the EPA’s vehicle emissions testing contractor, Applus Technologies Inc., has agreed to print and email the reminders at no additional cost to the state.

Illinois EPA spokeswoman Kim Biggs tells the Chicago Sun-Times that the notices started to go out Wednesday for vehicles due for emissions tests in March, April and May.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said his office will resume the emissions testing requirement for motorists seeking renewals of their license plate stickers beginning in June.

But his office still won’t send renewal notices for license plate stickers.