Ask Joe: How can I report a polluting vehicle?

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Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 7/26/2014 4:49 am
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- News 4's Joe Hart received a question from a viewer about something that affects all of us: cars and trucks polluting our air.

Victor Morin wrote in to say he spotted a truck driving on West McCarran in Reno with two large vertical exhaust pipes putting out a lot of dark smoke.

His question is: "Is this legal? How can I file a complaint?"

Joe checked with DMV spokesman Kevin Malone. He couldn't release any specifics about this vehicle, but he did say he has forwarded the information to the emissions lab in Reno and this vehicle will likely be called in for an inspection and repairs.

Malone also pointed out the DMV has a smog spotter hotline: (844) END-SMOG, or (844) 363-7664.  

Malone says any tips reported on the hotline will be investigated.

Last year, the hotline received nearly 3,000 complaints in Washoe County and responded by sending out more than 1,300 letters to motorists advising them of the need to comply with the law. If the problem is not addressed it can result in a motorist having their registration revoked; the DMV does take this issue seriously.
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KnightEnvy - 1/29/2015 1:37 PM
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I have people I don't like. Since the program is anonymous, I can go to any McDonalds or Denny's with a laptop, and report those people to make their lives miserable. Sounds like a fair and great program to me.

Reno Blue - 8/2/2014 4:45 PM
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No need for the offensive comments. This was indeed a diesel pickup that was putting out obscene amount of dark smoke that created a safety hazard to drivers following. This was not a commercial truck, o stop the right-wing propaganda. If you had been behind this truck, you would have asked the same questions.

renogrl75 - 8/1/2014 12:31 AM
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Oh you mean that semi that delivers your Prius to the dealer, your organic fruits and vegetables to market along with your tofu, and everything else you consume or use...We'll see who delivers your goods when truckers are so inundated with fees and fines that it makes more sense for them to stay home than to deal with all the lame regulations.

BDeckwa - 7/26/2014 10:48 AM
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The vehicle should not be emitting that much smoke unless it has been revved up real fast. If it is smoking like that all the time then it would need to be put in the shop for a tune-up. Kalifornia now has a law on emission for diesels. You need certain equipment on the motor to make it legal. A friend of mine had to purchase two trucks with the new Kalifornia compliant equipment on them.

donlar - 7/26/2014 9:36 AM
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Semi tractor? Diesel cars and trucks emit harmless smoke. The smoke does contain soot particles which can be quite messy on sidewalks etc. if in an area of very heavy truck traffic.

oldguy - 7/26/2014 8:19 AM
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Gee a truck with 2 large vertical stacks putting out black smoke. Could that have been a diesel? Oh well, it's better to narc on your neighbor.

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