The Bureau of Automotive Repair conducted several hours of vehicle inspections or an emission survey, on West Olive Avenue between South Virginia Avenue and North Lomita Street in Burbank today. BAR performs the surveys “…in the areas of the state with the poorest air quality,” according to the agency’s website. Mike Piercy, part of the BAR team in Burbank today, says the purpose is to check “… the effectiveness of the state smog program.”
A California Highway Patrol officer was on site for traffic control and to randomly select vehicles for inspection. Participation was voluntarily and “no penalty or ticket” if the vehicle failed.
Each vehicle owner got a copy of the Vehicle Inspection Report, which may include any mechanical problems or issues spotted during the check. The data collected reportedly is used to “evaluate and improve” the state’s emission reduction program. Also, the BAR crew handed out a pamphlet with details on the smog check requirements and information on special programs, such as repair assistance for up to $500 if you fail the smog check and a retirement plan for vehicles not worth repairing. BAR is under the State Department of Consumer Affairs umbrella.