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Colorado drivers can call in vehicles that appear to be emitting excessive amounts of exhaust. The little-known statewide program is run by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) Air Pollution Control Division and has been in place for 35 years. Chris Colclasure, Deputy Director of CDPHE says they receive about 3,000 calls a year from the public reporting smoking vehicles. The department does not fine drivers, but informs them of their excessive vehicle emissions through a mailed letter and encourages them to take action. The letter comes with a free diagnostics check for drivers in areas where emissions tests are mandatory, such as Larimer and Weld Counties. Separate from the hotline, law enforcement can write tickets for excessive vehicle exhaust.
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To report a smoking vehicle, call the hotline at 303-692-3211 or visit the CDPHE website for more information.