Posted to Emissions Forum on 8/12/2012
Re: More STAR Observations
I don't know exactly how inspection cycles are defined, but
I can probably proceed safely on the assumption that they
don't 'cycle' until at least 90 days after the certificate
is issued, perhaps significantly longer. If a certificate is
never issued, can the cycle extend for more than two years?
I don't know.
This is probably the most common case, and the only negative
effect that I foresee is to your SVFR. Strange things could
theoretically mess with this, such as the rare but not
unheard-of case of a vehicle failing very soon after you
Your FuPR takes an immediate hit, whether or not you had
even the slightest degree of participation in the reasons
for the follow-up fail. These reasons are too numerous to
mention here, and only a small portion of them could be
logically attributed to you, but STAR doesn't care (other
than allegedly factoring in a non-specific positive
correction for make, model, year, and apparent mileage). If
you are the one to fail it, you are hurting your own FuPR,
and helping your SVFR.
I can see no ill effects related to this scenario, except
for the ticking FuPR time bomb that the passing tech armed
for the future cycle.
The only ill effect that I can see is to the FuPR of the
tech that was unfortunate enough to pass it after the first
fail, if applicable. This pattern is more common in poor
neighborhoods, where the REPAIR 'tech' is either
incompetent, or the repairs cannot be durably completed due
to lack of funds or lack of patience. The passing inspector
takes the full FuPR hit, regardless of his/her level of
participation in the repair process potentially leading to a
certificate. Vehicles that are poorly maintained or are
approaching the ends of their useful lives can cause untold
FuPR damage. Some successful and competent technicians in
this forum have suggested that they utilize a 'bag of
tricks' to avoid being placed in that unfortunate position,
but I let the objective after-repair test speak for itself,
regardless of my level of participation in the 'repair'
Congratulations! There is a high likelihood that you knew
what you were doing AND were allowed to do so, although
there is a small chance that you are 'covering your own
ass', especially if you were the one to certify it the
This is very similar to Example 4. See my analysis there.
I know what you mean. There are many more variations on
these scenarios, all with their own unique set of effects on
the FuPR and SVFR, but I think I've said enough for now. I
made some simplifying assumptions for this analysis, and
some of those assumptions may not be completely correct. I
welcome any critiques to my thought process.
Quick Stop Smog & More
Sacramento, California, USA
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