Automotive Defense Specialists Announces Post on ISO (Interim Suspension Order) Problems vis-a-vis Bureau of Automotive Repair

June 25, 2016 – Sacramento, California. Automotive Defense Specialists, a California law firm of attorneys defending against Bureau of Automotive Repair citations, accusations, and letters, has announced an important post to its blog on ISO (Interim Suspension Order) problems vis-a-vis the Bureau of Automotive Repair. The confluence of computer data acquisition technologies and data discrepancies may unfortunately cause a so-called ISO to be issued against a technician or SMOG / STAR program participant, thereby threatening their livelihood while the situation is straightened out.

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“Since we are known in California as ‘the’ law firm to call with respect to the Bureau of Automotive Repair, we keep our ear to the ground in terms of emerging industry issues relating to the SMOG check and STAR programs,” explained attorney William Ferreira of Automotive Defense Specialists. “This summer we are hearing reports of ISOs being issued due to alleged clean plugging problems and data discrepancies being detected by the DAD / OIS system.”

To read the post, visit  The post not only explains the various potential problems emerging with respect to ISOs or Interim Suspension Orders by California’s Bureau of Automotive Repair, but also walks the reader through the maze of acronyms that can be quite confusing even to industry experts.

Why an ISO Threatens Livelihood

California’s Bureau of Automotive Repair has the responsibility of  balancing the need for enforcement of the State’s SMOG check and STAR programs against the need for small business owners to face a fair regulatory environment. Unfortunately, at times the confluence of computer problems and bureaucratic overreach can cause many station owners to feel overwhelmed when facing issues such as letters, citations, accusations, and even ISOs (Interim Suspension Orders) from the Bureau. The average small business owner may not have the education or the specialized administrative legal knowledge to even know how to begin to protect his or her rights. The blog post explains that latest problem impacting the relationship between the Bureau of Automotive Repair and Station Owners: ISOs’ being issued due to data discrepancies reported by the OIS or On-Board Diagnostic Inspection System. The reality is that data issues between the many computers “in” the car and the computers used by the technician, as well as the centralized computers at the Bureau of Automotive Repair can cause problems to arise. Among other acronyms explained are DMV VIN, Cert ID, eVIN, Protocol, PID Count, and Emission Related DTC’s. Clearly, expert assistance can be a great help when confronting the alphabet soup that is SMOG regulation in California.

About Automotive Repair Specialists

Automotive Repair Specialists is a top law firm representing auto repair facilities, SMOG check stations, and technicians in every facet of their legal needs including accusations from the Bureau of Auto Repair. The company offers free phone consultations to auto shops, mechanics, technicians and others who are facing disciplinary actions from the California Bureau of Automotive Repair.

Tel. (415) 392-2886

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