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Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013

Baja California legislature votes to require that vehicles pass smog check starting next year

This year, vehicles can stay on road, as long as they have gone to a smog-check center

      The Baja California legislature voted to require that vehicles pass smog check next year in order for their registration to be renewed. Vehicles can stay on the road this year as long they have been tested at a smog-check center, even though the vehicles emitted too many contaminants. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Update, Jan. 18: Chamber of Commerce leader Karim Chalita asks that the government take into account 400,000 vehicles that are not properly registered and popularly known as autos chocolates. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
So far, the program has checked just 140,000 of 1.24 million vehicles in the state, Frontera reports (PDF).
Last year's smog-check story.

Update, Jan. 19: El Mexicano editorial (PDF) calls requiring smog check the right thing to do, and cites an Autonomous University of Baja California study saying that 137 Baja Californians die prematurely annually as a result of air pollution and that many more receive medical treatment.