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Health and Safety Code - HSC

DIVISION 26. AIR RESOURCES [39000 - 44474]

  ( Division 26 repealed and added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957. )


  ( Part 5 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957. )

CHAPTER 5. Motor Vehicle Inspection Program [44000 - 44127]

  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 892, Sec. 2. )

ARTICLE 6. Public Information [44070 - 44071]
  ( Article 6 added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1591, Sec. 3. )


(a)  The department shall develop within the bureau, with the advice and technical assistance of the state board, a public information program for the purpose of providing information designed to increase public awareness of the smog check program throughout the state and emissions warranty information to motor vehicle owners subject to an inspection and maintenance program required pursuant to this chapter. The department shall provide, upon request, either orally or in writing, information regarding emissions related warranties and available warranty dispute resolution procedures.

(b)  The telephone number and business hours, and the address if appropriate, of the emissions warranty information program shall be noticed on the vehicle inspection report provided by the test analyzer system for any vehicle which fails the analyzer test.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 91, Sec. 93. Effective January 1, 1996.)


(a)  The department shall develop and continuously conduct a public information program, in consultation with the state board. The program shall be designed to develop and maintain public support and cooperation for the motor vehicle inspection and maintenance program and shall include information on all of the following:

(1)  The health damage caused by air pollution.

(2)  The contribution of automobiles to air pollution and the gross polluter problem.

(3)  Whether a motorist’s vehicle could be a gross polluter without the motorist knowing.

(4)  The importance of maintaining a vehicle’s emission control devices in good working order and the importance of the program.

(b)  That information shall be disseminated by all means that the department determines to be feasible and cost-effective, including, but not limited to, television, newspaper, and radio advertising and trailers in movie theaters. The department may also utilize grass roots community networks, including local opinion leaders, churches, the PTA, and the workplace. Extensive marketing research shall be performed to identify the target population.

(Added by Stats. 1994, Ch. 27, Sec. 51. Effective March 30, 1994.)


For purposes of implementing the smog check public awareness and emissions warranty information programs, the department shall use funds from the fee charged for each certificate of compliance or noncompliance which are deposited in the Vehicle Inspection and Repair Fund pursuant to Section 44060.

(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 1544, Sec. 57.5.)

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