Other Related Web Sites
With these links, the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) is providing a service to our visitors. It in no way implies an endorsement of any of the organizations listed below. BAR is not responsible for the contents of these sites.
- California State Government Sites
- United States Government Sites
- Local Air Pollution Districts in California
- Other Air Pollution Sites
- Smog Programs in Other States and Countries
- Other Sites
California State Government Sites
Air Resources Board (CARB)
The leader of California's efforts to clean up the air. Smog Check is one part of California's overall strategy.
- The guiding document of California's air pollution control efforts is the State Implementation Plan, or SIP.
- CARB is also in charge of the Cleaner Burning Gasoline program.
- As well as the California Zero Emission Vehicle Program
Parent agency of CARB, CalEPA is charged with protection and enhancement of California's total environment. CalGOLD is CalEPA's on–line, red–tape–busting business permit assistance center
The Legislature writes California laws, including laws governing the Smog Check Program. Search for current session and previous session legislative information, including voting records and analyses.
The DMV is responsible for registering vehicles and licensing drivers in California. The DMV also regulates new– and used–car dealers.
The new Motor Vehicle Board is a program within DMV. In a quasi-judicial capacity, the board is responsible for resolving disputes between franchised dealers and manufacturers/distributors of new motor vehicles. There is also a Consumer Mediation Services Program which attempts, through informal mediation, to resolve disputes between consumers and new motor vehicle dealers and/or manufacturers or distributors.
California Department of Transportation developed this facility to help make travelers aware of their options.
United States Government Sites
Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
Among other things, USEPA is charged with implementing the Clean Air Act. The Smog Check Program is part of California's efforts to comply with the Clean Air Act.
The Department of Energy is responsible for assuring the nation has a clean, reliable energy supply.
- Alternative Fuels Data Center: The nation's most comprehensive source for information on alternative fuels
- Vehicle Technologies Program: A gateway to information concerning transportation and energy use
This department's mission is to ensure America has a "fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future." Sites of interest to drivers are under DOT's umbrella include:
- Federal Highway Administration: This site includes links to road closure and traffic information all over the nation, a national campaign to reduce accidents between cars and large trucks and buses, federal transportation planning for the years 1998–2003, and much more.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: This site includes a searchable database of recall notices, information about child safety seats, safety rankings for new and used cars, and much more.
- Bureau of Transportation Statistics: This site includes searchable databases on a host of transportation topics, reports and statistics.
- Federal Transit Administration: This site includes information on federal transit initiatives and the National Transportation Library.
Local Air Pollution Districts In California
For a list of all Air Pollution Control Districts in California
Information about light–duty vehicle emissions research, On–Board Diagnostics II, automotive emissions repair tips, automotive technician training issues, Basic and Enhanced I/M inspection program issues, and Federal and State legislative activities related to this area
Real–time ozone mapping for California's capital city
Drive Clean Ontario, Canada's vehicle emissions program
Offers services and contacts for engine rebuilders, plus a scholarship program for young mechanics
An international trade association for the automotive aftermarket industry
An international organization made up of approximately 13,000 member–businesses that deliver mechanical, collision and transmission service to consumers. This site will help visitors find a shop that provides the service they need – whether in their area or anywhere in the world.
A trade association of independent repair shops and associated aftermarket businesses. The association has a Code of Ethics that members are expected to adhere to.
A non–profit trade association that supports the interests of service station dealers and auto repair shop owners
The publisher of Consumer Reports magazine
Greenlink site is a resource to help automotive repair professionals save time and protect the environment.
A non–profit agency which facilitates the automotive service industry, the equipment and tool industry, and automotive manufacturers with gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, service training, diagnostic tools and equipment, and communication
(ASE): An independent, non–profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians
(SAE International): The professional organization for automotive engineers
Represents manufacturers of aftermarket automotive parts and equipment