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Smoking Vehicle Hotline

Smoking Vehicle Hotline: Tailpipe smoke must not exceed 5% opacity (this smoke is at 100% opacity since the tire behind it is completely obscured)

Colorado’s smoking vehicle hotline program is designed to identify smoking vehicles, and to provide owners with information that will encourage them to voluntarily make needed repairs. The hotline gives motorists and others the ability to report smoking vehicles to the state Air Pollution Control Division by phone or e-mail.

 

The state Air Pollution Control Division then provides owners of smoking vehicles with information that will encourage them to voluntarily make needed repairs. Repairs to smoking vehicles are required if a vehicle fails a mandatory emissions test because of a visible smoke problem. The cause of such smoke must be corrected before the required emissions sticker can be issued.

 

Also, a police officer may stop a smoking vehicle, issue a ticket and order the owner to make corrective repairs. Colorado law provides for a $25 fine for the first violation of the smoking vehicle law. The fine for subsequent violations is $100 (C.R.S. 42-4-412, 413). Some local municipalities have additional ordinances and fines for operating a smoking vehicle.

 

 To report a smoking vehicle: *

  • Call (303) 692-3211

              - or -

 

* Please include the vehicle's license plate number and (if possible) whether it was gasoline- or diesel-powered.

 

The State of Colorado will then send a Smoking Vehicle Notification pdf file  to the address that appears on this vehicle's registration.