State cracks down on fraudulent smog check stations

February 25, 2010 7:13:28 PM PST
There is a move in Sacramento to crack down on fraudulent smog check stations.

State officials say they randomly tested older-model cars on the roads.

Nearly one-third flunked smog tests -- even though they had recently passed the test at certified smog stations.

The state has yanked licenses of 22 smog stations since June.

Now, a bill in Sacramento aims to reduce fraud by changing the tests, at least for newer cars.

No more putting a sensor in the tailpipe.

Instead, scanners would read performance data from computers that are onboard cars made after 1996. The data would go directly to the state.