HOW IT WORKS: How do I report a vehicle that is emitting excessive smoke?


A state program allows Texans to report vehicles with excessive tailpipe smoke.

Anyone who notices a vehicle emitting heavy smoke from the tailpipe for 10 seconds or longer can file a report over the phone or online with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

A report under the Smoking Vehicle Program should be filed within 30 days of witnessing the problem vehicle. The report should include the vehicle’s license plate number, time of day, date and the city where it was observed.

The program applies only to vehicles registered in Texas.

The reporting system is not an enforcement program. But drivers are informed by mail that they can be ticketed and fined for operating a smoking vehicle.

Observers can file reports by calling 800-453-7664 or by visiting and searching “Smoking Vehicle Program.”

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Gavin Pugh
Gavin got his chops as a reporter when he was editor-in-chief of the Baylor Lariat. He previously reported for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition before becoming editor of the Las Colinas, Valley Ranch and Coppell edition. His beat includes transportation, municipal government, education and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.
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