|Topic:||Evaluating Vehicle Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Programs|
THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology
Transportation Research Board
Committee on Vehicle Emission Inspection and Maintenance Programs
Monday, July 16, 2001
316 Ford House Ofc. Bldg. -- 10:00 a.m.
1514 Longworth House Ofc. Bldg. -- 1:00 p.m.
Evaluating Vehicle Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Programs
This new National Academies' report, requested by Congress in PL 105-65, assesses how effectively state emission inspection and maintenance programs reduce pollution from cars and trucks. Phase 1 of the study concludes that states are missing opportunities to reduce air pollution from cars and light trucks by expending too many resources to inspect cleaner vehicles. A small fraction of older and malfunctioning vehicles, responsible for about half of the pollution from U.S. cars and light trucks, should be the primary target of state emissions inspection and maintenance programs. Phase 2 will evaluate several inspection and maintenance programs in more depth, while making further recommendations for improvement.
These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on July 18, 2001 and is available, in its entirety, through the Web site of the National Academies Press.