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Sun, Aug 29, 2004
The LACar Editorial Staff
Honda Accord Hybrid
HYBRIDS EXEMPTED FROM
CALIFORNIA SMOG CHECKS
By CHUCK DAPOZ
The state of California just made life
a bit easier for owners of hybrid vehicles.
The Department of Consumer Affairs announced that all hybrids are
exempt from smog check inspections, at least until 2010.
The exemption applies to the three hybrid models currently on the road ## the
Honda Insight, Honda Civic Hybrid and Toyota Prius ## and will be expanded as
new hybrid models are launched.
Two issues seem to have prompted the decision:
● Hybrids spout miniscule emissions, and
those on the road today likely will remain clean machines for a long time.
● It seems Smog Check stations have a hard
time or find it impossible to test some hybrids because they're not designed
to meet current test criteria (e.g., emissions can't be measured at idle
because the internal combustion engine doesn't idle when the car is stopped).
If you own a 2000 model-year hybrid and recently have received a registration
renewal notice, contact a DMV field office for instructions on how to complete
your registration without a Smog Check certificate.
This article originally appeared on the LA Car
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