Kevin R. Malone - Nevada DMV
Kathleen Hale - Rose/Glenn Group
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
– Residents of the Truckee Meadows have reported more than 32,000 smoking
vehicles since the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) launched the Smoking
Vehicle program five years ago in 1996. July
was the most successful month for 2001 so far with 1,118 calls to the Smoking
program provides residents with an opportunity to help improve the region’s
air quality by simply calling 686-SMOG. The
smoking vehicle program was developed by DMV to reduce vehicle emissions in the
Truckee Meadows by allowing residents to voluntarily participate in
improving the air quality by reporting vehicles emitting visible exhaust
emissions. The program is designed
to increase understanding of the correlation between vehicle maintenance and
pollution while educating the public on the benefits of a well-maintained
quality affects health, livelihood, the environment and tourism – an essential
component to the economic development of the Truckee Meadows.
Vehicles emitting visible smoke contribute to 80 percent of the area’s
air pollution, partially contributing to the “brown cloud” hovering over the
area on certain days. Smoke in the
air also releases tiny particles that can be inhaled into the lungs.
Studies show these small particles contribute to respiratory disease.
Drivers can help eliminate the cloud and promote healthy living by proper
vehicle maintenance and reporting vehicles emitting visible exhaust.
a vehicle emits visible exhaust, it is an indication that the vehicle is not
running properly, resulting in higher maintenance costs to the owner and
negative effects on the environment. Poorly
maintained vehicles can release as much as 10 times the emissions as a well
maintained vehicle. In addition,
smoking vehicles are prohibited as part of Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 445B.100 and 445B.845.
Residents of Washoe County who own a gas or diesel powered 1968 or newer
vehicle, with a gross weight under 8,500 pounds are required to have an
emissions test.** Motorcycles, mopeds
and vehicles made in or before 1967 are exempt from emissions testing.
dialing 686-SMOG, callers should be prepared to provide the license plate number
of the smoking vehicle, the approximate time the vehicle was spotted and the
location of the vehicle. All
information is confidential.
smoking vehicle program started in 1996, resulting in more than 32,000 calls
over the last five years to the DMV. The
program has helped to get more than 5,000 smoking vehicles cleaned up resulting
in cleaner air for the region.
more information on the smoking vehicle program call 1-877-DMV-STAT
(1-877-368-7828) or access http://www.dmvnv.com/emission.htm.
** NOTE: These requirements have changes since this news release was issued. See Emissions for current regulations.