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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 5. State Air Pollution Control Board
Chapter 91. Regulations for the Control of Motor Vehicle Emissions in the Northern Virginia Area

9VAC5-91-390. Qualification requirements for emissions inspector licenses.

A. Applications to qualify for emissions inspector licenses shall be filed with the department and the issuance of the licenses shall be administered by the department. Applications for such licenses shall be completed on forms provided by the department. Before an applicant may be given a license, he must comply with the requirements of this section. The department will notify applicants of the evaluation requirements prior to testing.

B. An applicant shall demonstrate the ability to operate the certified analyzer systems properly and perform testing as required by this chapter.

C. No emissions inspector license shall be issued unless it is shown to the satisfaction of the director that the emissions inspector has the ability and resources to perform emissions inspections without causing a violation of the applicable provisions of this chapter and the Virginia Motor Vehicle Emissions Control Law.

D. Any applicant whose license has been revoked shall make a showing to the director that the condition causing the revocation has been corrected to the satisfaction of the director.

E. An applicant shall bear a valid motor vehicle driver's or operator's license and shall present proof of such license to the department at the time of application.

F. An applicant shall demonstrate knowledge, skill, and competence concerning the conduct of emissions inspections. Such knowledge, skill and competence shall be demonstrated by completing training courses approved by the department and by passing a qualification test (scoring 80% or higher) which may include, but not be limited to, knowledge of the following:

1. Operation and purpose of emissions control systems.

2. General relationship of hydrocarbon, oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and carbon monoxide emissions to timing and air-to-fuel ratio control.

3. General information regarding adjustment and repair based on manufacturers' specifications.

4. This regulation (9VAC5-91).

5. General information regarding contemporary diagnostic and engine tune-up procedures.

6. The provisions of the Emissions Control Systems Performance Warranty pursuant to § 207(b) of the federal Clean Air Act as it applies to this chapter.

7. Visual inspection of the required emissions control equipment for 1973 and newer vehicles.

8. Operation of and proper use, care, maintenance, and gas span checking of certified analyzer systems.

9. Proper use of and distribution of motor vehicle inspection reports, certificates of emissions inspection, and supplemental documents.

10. Inspections for visible smoke emissions.

11. Safety and public health as it applies to the Virginia Vehicle Emissions Control Program.

12. Public relations as it applies to the Virginia Vehicle Emissions Control Program.

Statutory Authority

§ 46.2-1180 of the Code of Virginia; § 182 of the Clean Air Act; 40 CFR Part 51, Subpart S.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 5, eff. January 24, 1997; amended, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 24, eff. August 28, 2013.

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