Contact: Kevin R. Malone
1399 American Pacific Dr.
Henderson, NV 89014
Office: (702) 486-1311
Cellular: (702) 499-4278
IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2002
FROM: Compliance Enforcement
Remote Sensing Helps Cut Smog
On-The-Road Emissions Tests To Be Held This Week
Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles will be helping improve the air quality in
the Las Vegas Valley this week by conducting remote sensing of vehicle
emissions at five locations. The department expects to test at least 20,000
vehicles over five days under the EPA-mandated program.
sensing helps the valley’s air quality in a number of ways,” said Jim
Parsons, administrator of the DMV Compliance Enforcement Division.
“The data helps us evaluate the effectiveness of the DMV’s emissions
program. It helps local, state and federal authorities estimate the overall
level of vehicle emissions. We also use it to identify specific vehicles which
are violating emissions standards.”
team from the DMV’s Emission Control Section will set up sensors which measure
the levels of pollutants as each vehicle drives past. A freeze-frame video
camera also captures the license plate number of each vehicle.
department will notify the registered owners of failing vehicles, which will
have to be retested and, if necessary, repaired. Mailed notification letters
will ask owners to set an appointment and have a standard emissions test
completed, at no cost, at
the DMV Emissions Test Lab on Sahara Ave.
sensing is one of several steps the DMV is taking to improve Nevada’s
Inspection/Maintenance, or smog check, program and the air quality in the Las
department has required smog check stations to install new emissions analyzers
which offer a host of improvements.
this equipment in place, the DMV is also implementing a new type of annual smog
check for 1996 and newer vehicles. On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) testing is faster
and more accurate than the standard tailpipe test. OBD testing, also mandated by
the EPA, will become the standard test on 1996 and newer vehicles by the end of
sensing will conducted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day this week at different
Note: In an effort to keep traffic
disruption to a minimum, please take advantage of the photo and interview
opportunity Monday, April 1, 2002 at 10 a.m. at the onramp from Craig Ave. to