This palm scanner and webcam nonsense will be a huge turn off for anyone considering becoming a smog technician. So it will make it that much harder for station owners to find qualified techs to do the job.
But that’s what the BAR wants. Inexperienced techs tend to make more mistakes, which gives them the opportunity to write more bogus citations and prosecute you becauese you are expected to be perfect and never make any mistakes.
These prosecutions are very arbitrary because normally when you make a mistake all that happens is a ding on your STAR report card, but they will arbitrarily choose to treat a simple error as if you just committed a serious crime and take you to court whenever they feel like it. It’s crazy.