BETTER ENFORCEMENT OF CAR EMISSION STANDARDS--A WAY TO IMPROVE AIR QUALITY
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, about 80 percent of an estimated 100 million cars on the road are not meeting the Federal air quality emission standards. This is largely because of maladjustments, tampering, deterioration, and insufficient maintenance of car emission control systems by owners and car service organizations. An effective inspection and maintenance program is needed to identify and correct the problem. This appears to be a long way off because of state and local reluctance to start such programs. Other programs to enforce emission standards before cars get on the road are generally effective but need some improvements. Recall efforts--over 12 million cars have been recalled--appear to have only a limited immediate effect in improving air quality from emissions. Many car owners simply do not return their cars to the dealers for correction.
- Record URL:
U.S. General Accounting Office441 G Street, NW
Washington, DC USA 20548
- Publication Date: 1979-1-23
- Pagination: 46 p.
- TRT Terms: Air pollution; Air quality management; Automobiles; Environmental protection; Equipment; Exhaust gases; Federal government; Inspection; Law enforcement; Local government; Maintenance; Pollutants; Standards; State government
- Old TRIS Terms: Air pollution control devices
- Subject Areas: Environment; Highways; Maintenance and Preservation; Security and Emergencies; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00192085
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: CED-78-180
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Jul 11 1979 12:00AM