In Los Angeles County, Police have started to take vehicle emissions enforcement to a whole new level by implementing Smog Check Points similar to how they have done DUI checkpoints in the past. These new Smog Check points are set up in high density areas across the county and require Angelenos to stop and have their cars exhaust fumes measured using a testing device. The goal with this type of enforcement is to catch gross polluting vehicle owners in the act. Cars are than towed if found to be emitting emissions beyond the legal limit. The end cost to the drivers who get caught can be enormous due to the fines and towing fees, not to mention the lost time. Smog test stations like Fair Oaks Smog Test in South Pasadena encourage motorists to perform the state required emissions inspection in a timely manner to avoid any of these potential issues.
One of the reasons Police agencies have decided to go this route is because some vehicle owners decide to modify their cars exhaust system and intentionally remove the catalytic converter (CAT) for performance gains. Most cars will yield higher performance figures at the cost of increased pollution if the CAT is illegally removed. Therefore, this type of enforcement tests all cars, even if they are brand new. It is important to make sure your vehicle is operating within the laws of California in order to avoid being fined during these Smog Check Points. Make sure to visit a STAR Certified Smog Check Station like Fair Oaks Smog in South Pasadena California to have your vehicle accurately tested with only the best equipment available.
Fair Oaks Smog Test
1200 Fair Oaks Ave
South Pasadena, CA