After many years of bureaucratic efforts to avoid discussion of the core defects in I/M (inspection/maintenance) vehicle emissions-testing programs, the long-awaited report on the effectiveness of California's I/M (Smog Check II) program was released in draft form early this month by Joel Schwartz, executive officer of the California I/M Review Committee. The Review Committee, originally created in 1984, was changed in 1993 to “give it greater independence from the agencies directly ...

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