Roadside Surveys Help Improve California’s Smog Check Program

If you’ve ever driven by what appears to be a daytime DUI checkpoint but isn’t, you may have asked yourself, “What is going on here?” Orange cones line the street, you see a California Highway Patrol officer flagging drivers to stop and pull over to the side of the road. Then you see a few people in orange vests standing next to computers on roll-away carts and a mobile metal contraption that seems to belong at smog check station.

Wonder no more. These are Roadside Emission Surveys conducted by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR). BAR staff, the folks in the orange vests, are inspecting vehicles to gather vehicle emission data for California. The survey is completely voluntary and is really quick. The data collected is used to help improve the state’s Smog Check program.

Click on the video link above to watch a roadside survey in action. For more information, visit BAR’s website.

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