BAR-97 Emissions Inspection System Q&As
1. Where can I find information on which BAR-97 Emissions Inspection Systems (EIS) are currently BAR-certified and supported by the EIS manufacturer?
The BAR-97 Emissions Inspection System (EIS) Information page on BAR’s website has information on BAR-certified EIS and includes information on EIS Manufacturer support.
2. What does it mean if equipment is no longer supported by the EIS manufacturer?
Several currently certified BAR-97 Emissions Inspection System (EIS) models from SPX, SnapOn, and OPUS (Gen1 and Gen2) will no longer be supported by the EIS manufacturer. If equipment is no longer supported, it means that if the equipment breaks down, the EIS manufacturer will no longer service or repair it.
3. What are the current requirements for BAR-97 Emissions Inspection Systems (EIS)?
Regulations require stations update or replace their BAR-97 Emissions Inspection System (EIS) to comply with BAR’s new 2017 Specification. EIS that do not meet updated requirements will be locked out. Internet connectivity was required beginning November 1, 2018. In early 2019, BAR will require a software update that will allow the EIS to capture Low Pressure Fuel Evaporative Tester (LPFET) data in lieu of sending data over a phone line to the data center. If your existing LPFET tester communicates directly with the EIS computer, a new LPFET tester will not be required to meet the 2017 Specification because BAR has not changed the LPFET specification. The EIS manufacturer may require replacement of Systech LPFET testers in the future since these models are becoming difficult to support.
4. Can existing BAR-97 Emissions Inspection Systems (EIS) be updated to meet the 2017 Specification?
OPUS and Worldwide Environmental Products (WEP) have indicated they are both planning to offer 2017 Specification upgrades to newer EIS. OPUS Gen3 and most WEP EIS-5000 model Emissions Inspection Systems (EIS) are capable of being upgraded to meet the 2017 Specification. Contact your EIS manufacturer for details as some EIS may require computer and gas bench replacement before receiving additional updates.
5. When will BAR require BAR-97 Emissions Inspection Systems (EIS) to fully meet the 2017 Specification?
In early 2019, BAR will begin enforcing use of internet connected EIS. STAR stations that do not have a working internet EIS may have their STAR certification revoked. BAR will lock out EIS that do not have the Low Pressure Fuel Evaporative Tester (LPFET) EIS software update on or after March 20, 2019.
6. Why is BAR requiring an updated BAR-97 Emissions Inspection System (EIS)?
Nearly 30% of all vehicles in the state are still subject to tailpipe testing. Although this population of vehicles is shrinking, it is still a sizable portion of the overall fleet. There is currently no planned date to sunset tailpipe testing. Updates to the BAR-97 Emissions Inspection System (EIS) are required to ensure that tailpipe testing can continue. The first update, an internet connection, is required because BAR’s central database is being updated to no longer use obsolete dial-up equipment. Additionally, many stations continue to experience EIS outages because supporting traditional dial-up phone lines is becoming more difficult for large telephone companies. Subsequent updates to the EIS will modernize the equipment and allow EIS manufacturers to support the equipment effectively well into the future.
7. What other changes are the BAR-97 manufacturers planning?
With replacement parts becoming difficult to obtain, Emissions Inspection System (EIS) manufacturers plan to submit redesigned components to BAR for certification. For example, the Low Pressure Fuel Evaporative Tester, OBD reader, and gas measurement device (aka bench) may change to new models. EIS manufacturers would install the newer components as legacy components become unavailable.
8. What is the cost to make a BAR-97 Emissions Inspection System (EIS) fully compliant with BAR’s 2017 Specification?
OPUS and Worldwide Environmental Products (WEP) have informed BAR that there will not be a cost for leased analyzers. Customers upgrading older owned (not leased) analyzers should contact their Emissions Inspection System (EIS) manufacturer for specific information on EIS update costs since additional hardware components will likely be required.
9. Will there be any change to the population of vehicles that require a tailpipe test when use of the updated BAR-97 Emissions Inspection System (EIS) is required?
No changes are being made to the population of vehicles that require a BAR-97 Emissions Inspection System (EIS) inspection. The vehicles requiring inspection identified in the 2013 Smog Check Manual will remain unchanged in the 2017 Smog Check Manual.
10. What has changed in the 2017 Smog Check Manual?
- Appendix C has been added to show what aftermarket parts require an Executive Order (EO) exemption.
- Section 1.2.4 has been added to reintroduce old language allowing exhaust sample dilution.
- Footnote 1 of the Test Requirements Table states that dedicated propane and natural gas vehicles over 14,000 lbs. GVWR do not require a Smog Check inspection.
- The Government Fleet BAR File Number must be entered when inspecting a government fleet vehicle.
- Clarification of vehicles that require TSI instead of ASM has been added.
- Clarification that visual inspection of the fuel cap is not required.
- Allow engine off but require key on for hybrid vehicle liquid fuel leak check.
- Vehicles with a single fuel tank over 50 gallon size do not require a Low Pressure Fuel Evaporative test.
- Any station may inspect a government fleet vehicle.
- A BAR-97 Internet connection to the VID is required.
11. When did BAR require use of the 2017 Smog Check Manual?
BAR required stations use the 2017 Smog Check Manual on November 1, 2018.