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Clean on Paper, Dirty on the Road: Troubles with California's Smog Check

  • Author(s): Glazer, Amihai
  • Klein, Daniel B.
  • Lave, Charles
  • et al.

Reducing emissions of pollutants from cars requires that new vehicles be designed and built to pollute less, and also requires some ongoing inspection and maintenance programme to ensure that a vehicle's operation conforms to those design standards. This paper focuses on these programmes, commonly called Smog Check programmes. The most extensive and well-studied Smog Check programme in the United States is in California. Though that state is not typical in all respects, examining its experience is instructive.

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