Automobile emissions are a significant source of air pollution. Exhaust from automobiles contains dangerous chemicals such as hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and nitrous oxide. The evaporation of fuel and other chemicals used in automobiles is also a significant source of pollution. Automobile emissions cause environmental harm and can cause respiratory illnesses in humans.
There are several federal and state laws governing automobile emissions. The Clean Air Act, a federal law, requires vehicle owners with cars manufactured in 1996 or later to have emissions checked with an onboard diagnostics test. If the car fails this emissions test, repairs must be performed to bring the vehicle into compliance with emissions standards. There are exceptions to this requirement, so check with your local DMV for the emissions regulations in your area.
Although the penalties vary from state to state, the failure to have your vehicle inspected may result in fines, citations, points on your driving record, license suspension, or registration suspension. Service stations that do not adhere to emissions requirements may also face penalties, usually in the form of fines.
If you have a problem or question concerning automobile emissions requirements, an experienced attorney in your area can explain your state’s laws and how they affect you.
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