Japanese Delegation Meets with BAR to Discuss Smog Check Program

On January 21, 2021, the Bureau of Automotive Repair's (BAR) Engineering and Research Branch participated in a teleconference with the Japan Automobile Standards Internationalization Center's Inspection and Maintenance System Research Committee. The group discussed and shared information on California's Smog Check Program and Japan's Periodical Technical Inspection (e-PTI) program.

Japan is in the early stages of rolling out a combined Smog Check and Vehicle Safety Inspection program. With the increased use of advanced technologies in vehicles, there is an interest in making safety inspections a component of the periodic vehicle inspection.

The meeting provided an opportunity to collaborate on the advancement of international vehicle emissions inspection programs and to discuss evolving automotive safety technology and the need to protect motorists through periodic safety inspections.

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