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Free vehicle emissions tests Saturday at fairgrounds

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and Valley CAN, a nonprofit, will provide Merced-area drivers who have owned their car for at least six months a free vehicle emissions test.

The event will be held Saturday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Merced County Fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, 11th Street parking lot.

If the vehicle doesn't pass the test but can be repaired, the driver will receive a voucher for up to $500 in emission related repairs at a local Gold Shield-certified smog check station.

A maximum of 525 vehicles will be tested on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be free food and drinks while supplies last.The event will be held Saturday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Merced County Fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, 11th Street parking lot.

The sponsors said more than 2,000 cars have been repaired to state smog standards by Valley Clean Air Now's Tune In & Tune Up program since 2003. In partnership with the Foundation for California Community Colleges and its VRRRM program, the Valley Air District has been able to expand the program with funding from the Reformulated Gasoline Settlement Fund. Fifteen of the events will be held throughout the Valley over the next 18 months.

For program information visit www.vrrrm.org

For event information email MercedEvent@valley-can.org or call 1-800-806-2004.

The Vehicle Repair, Retirement and Replacement for Motorists (VRRRM) program is made possible by a grant from the Reformulated Gasoline Settlement Fund. Created as a result of an antitrust class action, the purpose of the fund is to achieve a clean air or fuel efficiency benefit for California consumers, according to a news release from the district.

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