As a primary innovator in the technological advancement of the vehicle emissions testing industry, Gordon-Darby has pioneered many new techniques and processes that have subsequently become standard in today’s Inspection & Maintenance (I/M) programs. In collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), we have continually strived to improve the (I/M) industry with the ultimate goal in mind: cleaning up the air we breathe.
The pursuit of this goal has led our company to achieve many industry “firsts” that have become standard practices in (I/M) programs throughout the United States. Brief summaries of Gordon-Darby’s major accomplishments are listed below.
March: Texas “Two Steps, One Sticker” Program Implementation.
Gordon-Darby played a significant role in helping the State of Texas implement its new “Two Steps, One Sticker” vehicle inspection and registration program on March 1, 2015.
As a result of House Bill 2305 passed during the 83rd legislative session (2013), the State of Texas no longer issues inspection stickers and has transitioned to the new vehicle inspection and registration program. The registration sticker serves as combined proof of registration and inspection. Implementing this required a joint effort of three Texas state agencies:
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) administers the state’s vehicle registration program.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) administers the state’s vehicle safety inspection program.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) administers the state’s vehicle emissions testing program.
Under our Texas Information Management System (TIMS) contract with TCEQ, Gordon-Darby was responsible for designing and deploying a near real-time interface with the other components of the new inspection and registration system. Upon receipt of passing emissions inspection records by TIMS, summary records are created and sent via this interface to the new system. This effort, which involved close collaboration with the three agencies and their contractors, now results in the transfer of more than 8.5 million records per year from Gordon-Darby’s TIMS to the new system.
This transition provided multiple benefits to Texas motorists and our TCEQ customer, including:
One sticker, one date – There is now just one sticker with one expiration date, rather than separate inspection and registration stickers with different expiration dates.
Less clutter, better view – Only the familiar blue-bordered registration sticker must now be displayed in the corner of the windshield.
Safer streets, cleaner air – Because a passing vehicle inspection is now a registration renewal requirement, more Texans are complying with vehicle emissions and safety inspection requirements, resulting in lower polluting and safer cars on the road.
Fraud prevention – With inspection stickers no longer needed, this change eliminates the risk of inspection sticker fraud and theft.
Gordon-Darby is proud to have helped TCEQ and its sister agencies implement this important program advancement. Increased compliance with vehicle emissions testing as a result of this transition is helping to protect the Texas public’s health and natural resources. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with our customer on additional enhancements.
November: Bob Tefft has been named President of Gordon-Darby, Inc.
Bob Tefft has been named President of Gordon-Darby, Inc., effective November 23, 2015.
Bob has been a key member of the senior management team at Gordon-Darby for over 20 years and brings a wealth of experience and history to this position. He has played a pivotal role in the success of Gordon-Darby and in establishing the outstanding relationships we share with our customers.
Bob’s expertise and knowledge in the industries where Gordon-Darby provides services is proven. His familiarity and working relationships within the Gordon-Darby family and with our state customers makes him an ideal candidate to transition into the role of President. This decision will ensure continuity in the leadership of Gordon-Darby, in the excellent customer service Gordon-Darby provides, and in the company’s approach to future opportunities for growth.
May: Gordon-Darby was awarded the New Hampshire NHOST Management Contract.
This contract allows Gordon-Darby to continue providing station equipment, software, data management, and data communications as well as support services for the New Hampshire OBD and Safety Inspection (NHOST) program. This includes support for more than 2,000 inspection stations and 15,000 inspectors along with a customer-oriented call center for both inspection stations and the public.
March: Gordon-Darby was awarded a six-year contract to implement and manage the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) License Sales System.
- The TPWD contract includes:
- License sales database system
- Telecommunications network and electronic data transmission
- Deployment and support of over 2,200 point-of-sale systems operated by approximately 1,800 License Agents, processing almost 2.4 million hunting and fishing licenses annually throughout the State of Texas
- Support services, including call center and service depot
Data migration from current vendor
June: Gordon-Darby was awarded a two-year extension for the New Hampshire NHOST Management Contract.
December 23: Gordon-Darby was awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,469,171, Method and System for Vehicle Emissions Testing at a Kiosk Through On-Board Diagnostics Unit Inspection.
As part of an emergency procurement in Washington, DC, developed and implemented a VID system that included historical data, which was migrated from a complex, confusing and under-performing VID system.
2004 – 2005
As part of a new I/M management contract with the State of New Hampshire, developed and implemented:
- Statewide vehicle OBDII and safety testing.
- Rollout of Gordon-Darby designed and built decentralized New Hampshire OBD and Safety Testing (NHOST) units to the 2,000 private repair shops participating in the program. Including both software and hardware design.
- Electronic transmission system with open TCP/IP communications that links all NHOST test units to a central VID developed and implemented by Gordon-Darby. Stations were provided with the option of connecting via either high speed and dial up access from Day 1 of program operations, with about one-third opting for online high speed access.
- Thin client tools that deliver fast, secure real-time access to the VID from any browser, anywhere, anytime; fast, secure and easy-to-use access to multi-dimensional test data. Users can drill down along pertinent dimensions and download data for additional analysis; secure, user-friendly access to data for ad-hoc analysis that does not require knowledge of SQL.
- Comprehensive Help Desk service for both motorists and inspection stations, coupled with mobile Referee units.
- Developed and implemented a Computer Based Training (CBT) program that operates right on the testing unit.
- Assist the State with public and industry outreach.
September: Developed and demonstrated an extremely fast and user friendly vehicle information database (VID) and data warehouse system at the annual Mobile Sources/Clean Air Conference that was held in Breckenridge, Colorado.
They added full OBDII test functionality to the Louisville program at very low cost and within three months of go-ahead authorization by the client, with no disruption in inspection operations.
Developed additional innovative emissions testing technologies, including…
Worked with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on numerous modifications to the Arizona emissions program
Installed a high-volume ASM pilot lane for the State of New Jersey less than seven weeks after project approval.
Worked with EPA on additional research projects related to investigating preconditioning concerns in enhanced I/M testing.
Participated in the I/M technical review committee responsible for finalizing IM240 equipment specifications, quality assurance, and testing procedures.
Designed and implemented the FIRST fully automated, high-volume IM240 test lane in the world.
Designed and implemented the first BAR90-type centralized system in the nation for three counties in Indiana.
Designed, implemented, and began operation of decentralized anti-tampering system in Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio.
Designed and implemented the first totally automated safety and emissions inspection program in the nation for Memphis, Tennessee.