Emissions checkpoints came to Lamont, state collects data while informing drivers

Bureau of Automotive Repair testing emissions

LAMONT, Cailf. - When the California Highway Patrol tells you to pull over, you might become worried. But for drivers in Lamont today - there was no need to be alarmed by the roadside checkpoint near Main St. and Panorama Rd.

"This is a non-enforcement stop. We don't effect their Department of Motor Vehicles registration or their driver's license in any way," said John Opjorden.

CHP was working with Opjorden and his crew from the California Bureau of Automotive Repair today for a roadside emission survey. On Wednesday the same crew was working in Bakersfield.

BAR has four crews that travel throughout California going zip code to zip code for these tests.

CHP directs cars to pull over and then BAR enters license plate numbers into a state computer. If the vehicle is randomly selected by the computer to be tested the driver can then either opt in or out.

These voluntary 10 minute inspections simulate road conditions as emission data is collected, which helps the state evaluate the emissions reduction program while drivers get a printed handout of some maintenance issues they might want to have checked out.

After the test - Opjorden goes over the emissions and maintenance printout with the drivers.

Drivers are also informed of available funds through consumer affairs for vehicle retirement, repair assistance and smog checks.

Through the Department of Consumer Affairs, which oversees the Bureau of Automotive Repair - drivers might be eligible for that funding. 

If your vehicle qualifies for vehicle retirement you might receive $1,000 to $1,500. If you fail a smog check and need repairs, you might be able to receive $500. 

For more information on that process, visit http://www.autorepair.ca.gov or call 1-800-952-5210.

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