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Concerns Sparked Over Roadside Inspection Programs

APPLE VALLEY-(  Victor Valley residents have reported seeing Roadside Inspection Programs (smog check) in various areas.  The most recent one was set up today on the corner of Bear Valley Road near Navajo Road in Apple Valley. Although these programs are there to collect valuable data, motorists should be aware that participation is voluntary.

This program is headed by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol.

The goal of this program is to collect emission data for vehicles driven on California roadways. This data is used to ensure that the state is meeting the federal emission standards. “This is a totally educational only program, it is free and no citations are being issued,” said CHP Spokesman Officer Hunt.

According to the website, the BAR Staff is made up of a team of three or four ASE certified auto technicians. CHP Officer Brett Schobel said, “The smog check is voluntary, most people want it because it tests your vehicle emissions and will let you know if something is wrong with your car.” He said that if something is found to be wrong, they will use additional equipment that can provide information as to what the problem(s) may be. “It is more of a service than anything since there is no enforcement,” added Officer Schobel.

The check takes around 10 minutes and participants receive a Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) with the detailed results of their test. The VIR will not take the place of any DMV required smog checks, but during the inspection, the BAR staff will alert participants to any mechanical issues.

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