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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1998
While agreeing with the conclusion of your Dec. 22 editorial, "Good Smog Checks Are Crucial," I don't quite see where Smog Check II represents tough choices for the policymakers. When did driving an automobile become a right, rather than a privilege, and, as such, subsidized for those who can't afford that luxury? If you doubt that it isn't the latter, just ask all the users of public transportation. As for the supposed fear mechanics have that customers will take their business elsewhere if they don't pass the customer's vehicle, hefty fines and eventual license withdrawal will keep "human errors" from occurring in half the inspections conducted at test and repair stations.
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February 5, 2011 | Chris Erskine
The Little German passed her smog check the other day. Naturally, it's a major source of pride in our family ? what passing the bar exam would be to normal people. I think it was the personal essay portion of the smog test that put us over the top. The folks at the DMV said it was one of the finest personal essays they'd ever received. Dear DMV, I wanted to tell you a little bit about this car we're having smogged today. It is as German as sauerkraut and bratwurst , which is the stink it emits after five minutes at highway speeds.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1992
Wouldn't the dent be bigger if diesels (cars, trucks, buses) were required to help? They have dirty, large engines and run 10 to 15 times the annual mileage of a car. DAVID BAXTER, Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2010 | By Margot Roosevelt
Nearly a third of older-model cars stopped for roadside smog tests in Southern California failed them, despite having received a passing grade at inspection stations within a year, a state audit has found. The results of those surprise inspections of 6,000 models manufactured before 1996 have led law enforcement officials to crack down on unscrupulous stations, step up fines and file more criminal charges. Legislation introduced in the California Assembly this week would allow the state to bar low-performing test stations from conducting smog checks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1998
Smog Check II, the state program to cut smog in Los Angeles and other cities that have severe pollution problems, has presented policymakers with plenty of tough choices. For example, how much should motorists have to pay to repair cars that fail the tougher new emissions test? Should the state reimburse poor people, who typically own older, more heavily polluting cars, in order to get those clunkers off the road?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1994
Last week's decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to relax its rules governing auto emission inspections was perhaps inevitable. Not just because the new Republican majority in Congress may signal a less tolerant attitude toward environmental regulations. Not just because the proposed federal scheme, which relied heavily upon centralized testing stations, could prove enormously inconvenient and hence, enormously unpopular.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1999
Call the state Department of Consumer Affairs at (800) 952-5210 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays or 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, or visit the Bureau of Automotive Repair's Web site at http://www.smogcheck.ca.gov on the Internet. If your vehicle fails a biennial smog check, you can apply to the Bureau of Automotive Repair to retire the vehicle. The bureau will pay $450 for each vehicle that is accepted into the retirement program. For more information, call (800) 622-7733 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2009 | Susan Carpenter
Cars do it. Trucks do it. And now the state of California may require motorcycles to do it, too. Biennial smog checks would be required for motorcycles manufactured in the 2000 model year and later under a bill making its way through the California Legislature. Introduced in the Senate in late February, SB 435 targets bikes with illegally modified exhaust systems and would go into effect in 2012 if passed and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, an avid motorcyclist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2004 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
You may want to think again about sipping that third glass of wine or putting an electric scooter under the tree this year. California lawmakers have passed more than 150 changes to the vehicle code, some of which are designed to toughen drunk driving regulations, clean the air, prompt drivers to pay better attention to traffic signs and limit the use of motorized scooters. Most of the changes take effect Jan. 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2004 | Nancy Vogel and Robert Salladay, Times Staff Writers
Cleaning California's air and protecting its coast was Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's priority Thursday as he signed more than two dozen environmental bills into law. His actions created a conservancy to protect the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range, gave carpool lane preference to energy-efficient cars and cracked down on cruise ship pollution. Environmentalists applauded most of Schwarzenegger's actions, but said several pending measures will further test his green credentials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2004 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
Comedian Jay Leno, the host of television's "Tonight Show," called Assemblywoman Sally Lieber's office earlier this year and delivered a monologue that wasn't funny at all. Lieber, a Democrat from Mountain View, was sponsoring legislation to end a California exemption that spares many old cars from smog checks. Leno, an avid car collector, considered the bill stupid, and let Lieber's legislative director know it. "He was really angry," said the staffer, Marva Diaz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2004 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
New car owners would not have to take their vehicles in for a smog check for six years under a proposal by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, although, as part of the bargain, they would be charged twice as much in annual air pollution fees. The governor's proposal would add two years to the current four-year smog check exemption for new cars. But in exchange, owners would have to pay $12 annually to the state during those six years -- twice the current $6 exemption fee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2002 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Gray Davis on Friday signed legislation abolishing a controversial exemption and subjecting San Francisco Bay Area motorists to the same clean-air rules of Smog Check 2 that apply to millions of other drivers in the state.
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July 19, 2001 | GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
Smog Check, a critical program for cutting tailpipe exhaust coast to coast, needs an overhaul because it fails to cut emissions sufficiently and doesn't concentrate on the dirtiest cars, according to a new study released Wednesday by the National Research Council. The program, mandatory in many states, requires motorists to have their cars tested for excessive emissions and make necessary repairs.
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April 28, 2000 | MARLA CONE, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
California's automobile Smog Check program needs a major overhaul because it is achieving only 40% of the smog reductions required under California's air-quality plan, state air-quality officials reported Thursday. The primary reason for the deficiencies is that the Legislature has substantially weakened the controversial program, according to a report by the California Air Resources Board. The car inspection program is one of the state's most important measures for cleaning up smog.
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