The grass isn’t necessarily greener on the Prius side of the fence — at least if you live in Georgia, that is.


According to a recent CNN report, eco-conscious Toyota Prius hybrid owners are running into a bureaucratic roadblock in their efforts to save the planet. This year is the first time owners of 2004 Prius models have to have their vehicles pass an emissions test. You’d think it would be a breeze for the clean-running Prius.

Alas, when the hybrid is set to idle at 2,500 rpm on the test cycle, it does exactly what it’s supposed to do and shuts off the engine to save fuel.

The U.S. state’s pre-hybrid equipment then issues a failing grade because of an incomplete test. But here’s where Prius owners turn apoplectic. Instead of admitting its system is outdated, Georgia hits the car owners with a $25 “aborted test” fee. That allows them to get a certificate to take to one of five waiver centres (not open evenings or weekends) to be granted permission to buy a licence plate. Ain’t bureaucracy crazy?