Emissions Inspection

The “Don’t Forget” List for Emissions Inspectors

Checking Gas Cap for Virginia Emission Inspection

Checking Gas Cap for Virginia Emission Inspection

When you’re working on emissions inspections, particularly if you have several vehicles coming in for inspections each day, it can get a bit overwhelming. Even if it’s busy, as an inspector it’s important that you provide a quality inspection for every customer.

Here are some of the top “don’t forget” to-do’s for emissions inspectors:

Make sure you’re doing the Pre-Safety check, and that you’re checking for the gas cap.

If you notice that the vehicle is unsafe in any way, including fluid leaks, exhaust leaks, visible, or the gas cap is missing, you need to alert the customer immediately, and ensure the safety of everyone in the shop.

Windshiled Vin Number Plate Virginia Emission Inspection

Windshiled Vin Number Plate Virginia Emission Inspection

Verify the Vehicle Identification Number on the windshield.

On each car you inspect, you need to be identifying and verifying the Vehicle Identification (VIN) number. Not only will this help you to ensure that you’re assessing each vehicle with the correct emissions standards, but it also helps to prevent instances of fraud.

Use an exhaust hose when the tailpipe is inside the building.

When you’re doing an emissions inspection, you need to make sure that you’re using an exhaust hose. Just by running the vehicle, exhaust gases can buildup in the bay – especially if you’re working in a smaller bay or shop – and this buildup can be a safety hazard to the inspector, their co-workers, and the customers. Letting exhaust build up can also impact an emission test’s results. Make sure that you’re using an exhaust hose, and that it is

Emission analyzer for Virginia Vehicle Inspection

Emission analyzer for Virginia Vehicle Inspection

safely moving the exhaust out and away from the inspection area.

Let your analyzer go to sleep.

While many technicians will go through the trouble of restarting and turning of their emissions analyzer every day, you don’t have to. You can allow it to “go to sleep” versus shutting it off every day, which can save you valuable time.

Ask questions of your compliance officer.

If you’ve got a question about a procedure or a specific car, don’t hesitate to ask your supervisor or your compliance officer. They’re there to answer any questions you may have, and can be a valuable resources for you as an emissions inspector.

Exhaust hose use during Virginia Emission Inspection

Exhaust hose use during Virginia Emission Inspection