Many older cars that fail California smog testing are still on the road spewing pollution. A new program pays for repairs so hundreds of drivers in the Central Valley can pass the emissions tests and register their vehicles.
Five hundred cars line up for emission testing at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton. Many are not registered with the DMV because they failed a smog test.
Executive Director Tom Knox says most of the cars here are 1995 or older models.
"With a car that's got, let's say 200,000 miles on it, it's very unlikely to be able to afford the $800 for smog repairs," Knox says.
Anthony Mulford is waiting in line.
"$500 toward getting it fixed, if it needs to be, I got a check engine light on," Anthony says. "This will really help."
Getting a voucher is good news for Lester Warren whose car failed the test.
"Because I didn't have no more money to spend on it, that's why I need the voucher," Warren says.
Twenty-four Tune Up events will be held from Stockton to Bakersfield on weekends through December.
Tom Knox says the Tune In Tune Up program will spend about $4 million to reduce automotive smog.
"These are actually a very, very cost effective way of reducing emissions, it's in the worst neighborhoods, it's in the areas that are already hardest hit by air emissions," Knox explains.
Knox says about 60 percent of the cars that come through fail, and of those, about 70 percent will go to a smog shop for repairs.
Tune In & Tune Up Events
Kern County Raceway Park
West Hills College (Lemoore)
Merced County Fairgrounds