Tag: Smog Check

Impactful New Laws for 2019

As the new year approaches, so do new laws that will affect the lives of Californians. Here’s a sampling of legislation signed in 2018 by Gov. Jerry Brown (laws not taking effect Jan. 1 are noted): Doctor Disclosures—SB 1448 (Hill): When doctors in California are placed on probation for things such as ethical violations, substance…

Search Warrant Served At Smog Station In Central Los Angeles

On Thursday, July 20, the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Automotive Repair, along with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, served a search warrant at Vernon Smog Star, a licensed Smog Check station, located at 1785 E. Vernon St, in the city of Los Angeles. The warrant comes as a continuation of…

Don’t Kick That Recall Notice to the Curb

In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recalled 51.3 million automobiles in the United States.  That’s an all-time record and almost three times the number of cars that were sold during the year. These recalls included everything from defective ignition switches and steering wheels, to acceleration issues and worn out suspension parts. Auto…

Bureau of Automotive Repair’s Consumer Assistance Program (CAP)

With some of the strictest vehicle emissions standards in the Nation, many motorists in California are aware that sooner or later, their vehicle will be required to have a biennial (every other year) Smog Check inspection. Let’s say your registration renewal notice indicated that your car needed a Smog Check, you took your vehicle to…

Inglewood Smog Check Station’s License Suspended

The licenses of the owner of an Inglewood Smog Check station have been suspended for cheating the state’s Smog Check Program. Read News Release here.

BAR Smog Check Referee Program: Fair Play and Clean Air

During a recent Sacramento-area Smog Check, a consumer was told that her car didn’t pass the visual inspection portion of the test. The Smog Check station said it would not complete the rest of the test and also refused to give her a refund. In a situation such as this, what options are out there…

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…

%d bloggers like this: