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Small Business Technical Assistance Program (SBTAP)

The Small Business Technical Assistance Program focuses on technical outreach and assistance to the automotive service and repair industry. Program staff coordinate technician training, provide testing and repair information to technicians, and work to solve vehicle repair issues. The program's aim is to improve the effectiveness and quality of emissions related repairs, thus achieving better air quality.


The Small Business Technical Assistance Program is guided by industry experts, who serve on a Diagnostic and Repair Advisory Committee. The committee includes representatives of the automotive service and repair industry, tool and equipment manufacturers, and automotive training providers.


Registered Repair Facilities

Program staff maintain a "registered repair facilities" network within the Denver-Metropolitan area. Registered repair facilities receive:

  • A sign and banner advertising their registered status;
  • A monthly repair effectiveness "Report Card;"
  • A quarterly repair newsletter;
  • Specific vehicle repair-related information that target "hard-to fix" vehicles; and,
  • Priority access to their own repair-related AirCare web site.


Registered repair facilities are listed in a publication called "The Emissions Repair Guide," which is given to drivers of vehicles that fail an emissions test in the Denver metro area. The guide ranks facilities in order of their Repair Effectiveness Index. Motorists can use the guide to select repair facilities that have a proven record of repairing emissions related failures.


Consumer Assistance for Repairs and Service (CARS)

In addition to Small Business Technical Assistance, the Consumer Assistance for Repairs and Service (CARS) Program was created. The goal of CARS is to achieve greater emissions reductions from vehicles that fail emissions tests. CARS accomplishes this by providing motorists and repair facilities with current and accurate information on the emissions repair process; by investigating consumer issues and problems within the inspection and repair process; by developing solutions to both inspection and repair problems; and by increasing the public's understanding of the inspection and maintenance process and its relationship to better air quality.


For more information, e-mail Doug Decker or phone him at (303) 692-3126.