ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It turns out a lot of New Mexicans may have paid for auto emissions tests they didn't need.
In a report KRQE News 13 broadcast Tuesday the state Motor Vehicles Division claimed it had only one confirmed incident of the department sending out a false emission test notice.
But on Wednesday News 13 discovered the problem is actually much bigger.
Bernalillo County car and truck owners are expected to get emissions tests once every two years.
On Tuesday South Valley resident Loyd Talbot told News 13 he got confused when he got a registration reminder from MVD for his Ford Aerostar.
The reminder card said "emissions certificate required for this vehicle." So he paid for a new test not realizing he didn't really have to until next year.
Now it appears there are hundreds--and possibly thousands--of people just like him.
"This has been going on for over two years." Greg Howland, vice president of Fas-Test Emissions, told KRQE News 13 Wednesday.
State Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla, who oversees the MVD, said in the Tuesday report that the mix-up was the result of a computer glitch and that it appeared to be an isolated incident.
"I kind of laughed," Howland said, adding it's nothing new to him.
"I've had over 400 customers of my own at my three stores where people asked, 'Why am I being retested after one year instead of two?'" he said.
News 13 has also heard from a number for viewers who say the same thing has happened to them.
Howland says he runs a customer report for repeat customers to make sure they don't pay for a test unless they have to.
He says the best thing to do is to keep track of emissions tests on your own and keep the proof.
"You want to save that top portion because that's your only proof that you did the test," Howland said. "The date is on the top, and it always tells you how long you have down there on the bottom: two years."
Howland says he only knows of customers complaining of the problem at his three businesses.
Albuquerque has more than 100 emission testing sites, so he estimates that thousands of people probably have paid unnecessarily for a test.
An MVD spokesperson said Wednesday that the department still has not received any additional complaints about this.
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