Attention drivers: Free emissions testing planned for Feb. 20

FILE - A 2015 Tune In & Tune Up event is held at the Kern County Raceway Park. (Courtesy of Valley Clean Air Now)

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and Valley Clean Air Now are partnering to host a Tune In & Tune Up car clean-up event at the Kern County Raceway Park.

It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. to noon. The event hours have changed to reduce the wait time while there is still space to test 525 vehicles.

Tune In & Tune Up is a vehicle emissions clean-up program that identifies and helps repair older, out-of-tune vehicles that impact the air quality throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Drivers who have had their car for at least six months will receive a free vehicle emissions test.

If the vehicle doesn't pass the test, but can be repaired, the driver will be given a $500 voucher in emission-related repairs at a participating STAR-certified smog check station.

There will also be a car-care clinic and health and safety fair, with educational booths sponsored by local nonprofit agencies.

Samir Sheikh, director of the Valley Air District's Strategies and Incentives department, said in a news release Tuesday that, "This event is a great resource for the community and helps eliminate mobile source pollutants generated by older, 'out of tune' cars in the San Joaquin Valley."

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