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Feb 28, 2013 12:21 AM by John Reger

GQ: What should you do when you see smoke spewing from another car's exhaust pipe?

We've all seen it... a car rolling by with black or white smoke coming out of it's exhaust pipe. Jason from Santa Maria wants to know: Who should I call if i see smoke spewing from another car? Good Question.

The dirtiest cars in California produce 40% of all automotive pollution in the state. If you see a car spewing smoke get the license number and the make and model of the car. Also mark the date, time and location of the incident.

Then call 1-800-END-SMOG to report it. The Air Resources Board will send out a letter to the offending owner ordering that the exhaust problem be fixed. The owner has to send back proof of repair, but there's no fine involved.

If a law enforcement officer spots an offending vehicle, the owner would get a fix-it ticket. The fine is $25 dollars when it's fixed, $1090 if it's not.

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