Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection Programs

Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection Program (HDVIP)
The HDVIP program requires heavy-duty trucks and buses to be inspected for excessive smoke and tampering and engine certification label compliance. Any heavy-duty vehicle traveling in California, including vehicles registered in other states and foreign countries, may be tested. Tests are performed by ARB inspection teams at border crossings, CHP weigh stations, fleet facilities and randomly selected roadside locations. Owners of trucks and buses found in violation are subject to minimum penalties starting at $300 per violation.

Periodic Smoke Inspection Program (PSIP)
The PSIP program requires that diesel and bus fleet owners conduct annual smoke opacity inspections of their vehicles and repair those with excessive smoke emissions to ensure compliance. The ARB randomly audits fleets, maintenance and inspection records and tests a representative sample of vehicles. All vehicles that do not pass the test must be repaired and retested. A fleet owner that neglects to perform the annual smoke opacity inspection on applicable vehicles is subject to a penalty of $500 per vehicle, per year.

California Council on Diesel Education and Technology (CCDET)
CCDET provides Heavy Duty Vehicle Inspection Program and Periodic Smoke Inspection Program training for fleet and other heavy duty diesel maintenance personnel, and to personnel of smoke testing services and facilities. This program offers training courses on California's Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection Program and Periodic Smoke Inspection Program. Fees for CCDET classes are $175 per class.

Notices sent to California-Based Heavy-Duty Vehicle Operators
Notices sent regarding enforcement of the Fleet Periodic Smoke Inspection Program include:
· July 2007 Mail-Out
· October 2006 Mail-Out
· June 8, 1999 Mail-Out

Approved Engine Exemptions
The following is a listing of approved exempted heavy-duty engines pursuant to section 2182(e) of Title 13 California Code of Regulations: Engines Exempted to Higher Opacity Cutpoints.

Smoke Meters List
A list of manufacturers and distributors of smoke opacity meters may be viewed at our Smoke Meter Manufacturers page. Please note that this posting does not constitute an endorsement or certification that this equipment complies with SAE J1667 specifications.

Smoke Test Standard SAE J1667
The snap acceleration smoke test procedure for heavy-duty vehicles from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is available at SAE J1667 (pdf 259K). The document may be viewed on screen or downloaded and printed. Please read the copyright notice on the first page, regarding printing only a single (one) copy.

Smoke Opacity Testing Facilities
Please refer to "Diesel Fuel Injection Service" or "Truck Repairing and Service" in the Yellow Pages on SmartPages.com. You may also contact Hortencia Mora, who maintains the Certified Smoke Opacity Testing Facilities list, at (626) 450-6161.

Inspections Statistics
The Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection Program (HDVIP) inspection statistics are posted quarterly. For more information, please go to HDVIP Chart.

Contacts for the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection Program
· For general information:
In northern California, please contact Renae Hankins at (916) 322-8275;
In southern California, please contact Hortencia Mora at (626) 350-6590, or Gretchen Ratliff at (626) 350-6561.

· For the Certified Smoke Opacity Testing Facilities List updates, please contact Hortencia Mora at (626) 450-6161.
· For the Engine Certification Label Inspection Program contact list.
· For PSIP case information, please contact Michele Burns at (626) 350-6490.