Maryland Clean Car Clinic Program

Project Summary

Marylanders drive 151 million miles a day and account for 30 percent of the emissions that contribute to the poor air quality in this region. Drivers can help reduce these harmful emissions by keeping their cars properly maintained. Even small measures, such as proper tire inflation and replacing air filters, can have a huge impact.

In an effort to educate the public on the benefits of keeping a vehicle well maintained, The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) implemented a Clean Car Clinic program in 2005. These free clinics provide motorists with the opportunity to have their vehicles inspected by an accredited automotive technician and learn ways to maintain their cars to keep them running cleanly, thereby reducing costly repairs and extending the life of the vehicle.

MDE is working with the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) and Motor Transportation Services (MTS) at the University of Maryland (EFC) to expand the reach of the Clean Car Clinics. The clinic is a free service funded by MDE. A certified automotive technician from the University of Maryland Motor Transportation Services division will conduct a non-invasive inspection, which will include checking the tire pressure, belts and hoses, fluid levels, gas cap and other parts of the vehicle that affect how efficiently it runs. The technician will NOT make any repairs, but the vehicle owner will be provided with a copy of the completed inspection form.

Partners

Maryland Department of the Environment and UMD Motor Transportation Services.

Sponsorship

Maryland Department of the Environment.

Related Documents

FY2013 Final Report

Maryland Clean Car Clinic Program, 2011

 

For more information, please contact  Liz Fried, lfried@umd.edu, 301-405-7956