No-sweat roadside smog tests happening in southwest Fresno

The Fresno BeeJanuary 28, 2014 

A car undergoes a smog test at a roadside setup supported by the state Bureau of Vehicle Repair and the California Highway Patrol. The test was located on Elm Avenue in southwest Fresno.

JIM GUY — THE FRESNO BEE

Drivers heading south on Elm Avenue toward Jensen Avenue in southwest Fresno are getting a surprise smog check Tuesday morning, but don't worry, you won't get a ticket if your car or truck fails.

It's part of a program overseen by the state Bureau of Automotive Repair to bring air quality into compliance with federal standards.

Drivers flagged over by a California Highway Patrol officer will have their cars put on a portable dynamometer similar to the kind seen at smog-test shops. The device checks components such as lights, ignition timing and exhaust-reduction systems.

The state auto repair bureau says the test takes about 10 minutes, but those who fail are not cited. Instead, the driver is advised about why their vehicle failed and how the problems can be corrected.

The reporter can be reached at jguy@fresnobee.com or at (559) 441-6339 or on Twitter @jimguy27

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