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    (either knowing or unknowingly).

    If the OIS detects a mismatch between the VIN stored in the onboard computer of the vehicle and the VIN scanned or typed into the OIS, why doesn’t it simply not allow the certificate to be issued?

    That very simple fix would instantly solve the problem of unlawful clean plugging, on vehicles that have VIN stored in their OBD2 computer.

    But it would also prevent smogging the wrong vehicle by mistake, which can certainly happen on occasion. We are human and can make a mistake once in a while, but the BAR Gestapo likes to treat every thing as if it were a  crime. And they will not hesitate to file an accusation against you regardless even if they have zero evidence of any intent.

    Just because a cashier gives me two dollar bills back in change when I should have received 4 dollars does not mean she did it on purpose. It was an accident.

    So why won’t they implement a simple fix that would easily prevent any of these problems in the first place?




    The following was in the Spring 2018 newsletter of BAR smog check newsletter. Apparently BAR is in violation of Assembly Bill AB 2289 because as of May 2023 they have yet to fulfill their mandate to prevent smog certificates from being issued when the OIS detects that the scanned VIN and electronic VIN stored in the onboard computer do not match. When the mismatch is detected the OIS still allows the certificate to be issued without displaying any warning on the screen, as it does for example when you mistakenly try to smog a 1999 or older vehicle on the OIS . We should file a class action lawsuit against these crooks.

    Certificate Blocking
    Assembly Bill (AB) 2289 (Eng, Chapter 258, Statutes of 2010) authorized the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) to prevent the issuance of a Smog Check certificate during an inspection if the On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) data from the vehicle did not correspond with data expected for the vehicle.

    AB 2289 amended Health and Safety (H&S) Code section 44036(b)(3)(K) to authorize BAR to develop a real-time computer data program that prevents a certificate of compliance from being issued if a vehicle is identified as having an excessive variance from computer data for that vehicle, mismatched information, or other irregularities. In addition, the legislation foresaw the need for identified vehicles to be directed for further inspection, as described in H&S Code section 44015(a)(2), which prohibits a licensed Smog Check station from issuing a certificate of compliance to an identified vehicle.

    In February 2017, BAR began implementation of a data check and certificate blocking program to fulfill these mandates. BAR structured the program as follows:

    • BAR collects and characterizes OBDII inspection data for similar vehicles across the state and creates a “vehicle fingerprint.” Each vehicle inspected is then compared in real time to the established vehicle fingerprint.
    • Stations from which inspection data shows patterns of irregular or mismatched computer data are monitored.
    • Inspections with irregular data at these stations are blocked from issuing a certificate and the vehicle is directed to a referee for inspection. Inspections that do not contain irregular data are not blocked, and therefore will pass the inspection.
    • When a vehicle’s certificate of compliance is blocked, the motorist is notified on the Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) that the inspection resulted in a “Data Fail.” The VIR indicates that a referee inspection is required to obtain a certificate of compliance. The vehicle’s test history page on BAR’s website is updated with the information so that potential buyers can be better informed prior to purchasing a referee-directed vehicle.
    • Once a referee-directed vehicle is certified, the vehicle can return to a Smog Check station on its next inspection cycle.

    Since implementation, approximately 500 stations have had vehicles blocked and redirected to a referee for certification. In conjunction with this effort, BAR has filed approximately 500 administrative cases against stations and inspectors found to have performed OBD clean-plugging inspections of vehicles.

    Certificate blocking has been effective in deterring fraudulent Smog Check activity. BAR will continue to protect consumers, improve California’s air quality, and ensure a fair and competitive business climate for stations and inspectors in California’s Smog Check Program.


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