Kevin R. Malone - Nevada DMV
Kathleen Hale - Rose/Glenn Group
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CLEAN AIR IS A PHONE CALL AWAY
–Spring is a perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful Truckee
Meadows, however, vehicle exhaust fumes can be an issue for those participating
in outdoor activities. The
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) provides drivers with information on the
causes of air pollution by smoking vehicles and solutions to keep the Truckee
Meadows smog free.
vehicles are primarily a result of improperly maintained vehicles.
Drivers can identify potential problems by the color of smoke the vehicle
a result of engine oil being burned and is caused by an oil leak into the
combustion chamber or worn piston rings, valves or cylinders; Black
or Grey Smoke results from incomplete fuel combustion caused by a
clogged air filter; carburetor, choke, fuel injection or emission system
malfunction; ignition timing off; or a blocked manifold and White
Smoke indicates that coolant and or water is being vaporized in the
combustion chamber and could mean the head gasket is leaking, the vehicle has a
cracked block or cylinder or the engine is cold
have reported that in urban areas, as much as 90 percent of carbon monoxide in
the air is a result of motor vehicles. Smoking
vehicles emit: hydrocarbons,
which react with nitrogen oxides in the presence of sunlight and hot
temperatures forming ground-level ozone; nitrogen oxide which contributes to
the formation of ozone and acid rain; and carbon monoxide that reduces the flow
of oxygen in the bloodstream and can impair mental alertness and vision.
help prevent air pollution caused by vehicles emitting visible exhaust, drivers
can complete the following:
Keep vehicles in good
running condition: poorly maintained vehicles emit as much as 10 times the
emissions as well-maintained vehicles.
Travel at moderate steady
speeds and reduce idling time: idling more than half a minute burns more gas
than it takes to restart the engine.
clean fuels when available: including reformulated gasoline, oxygenated gasoline
and alternative fuels.
your shopping trips: 70 percent of the miles we drive are for errands.
of the Truckee Meadows can also help to improve the region’s air quality by
reporting smoking vehicles by calling 686-SMOG.
Callers should be prepared to provide the license plate number of the
smoking vehicle, the approximate time the vehicle was spotted and the location
of the vehicle. All information is
smoking vehicle program started in 1996, resulting in more than 32,000 calls
over the last five years to the DMV. The
program has helped to get more than 5,000 smoking vehicles cleaned up resulting
in cleaner air for the region.
For more information on the smoking vehicle program call 1-877-DMV-STAT (1-877-368-7828) or access http://www.dmvnv.com/emission.htm.