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RELEASE: April 9, 2014

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Christie Administration Brings Free Car Care Checks and Valuable Information to Mansfield Township at Spring Car Care Fair
Seven State Agencies and AAA Partner in Event to Mark National Car Care Month

(MANSFIELD TWP.) – To mark National Car Care Month, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez and his team of trained safety specialists today conducted free car care checks and provided safety information to residents during a Spring Car Care Fair near the communities of Homestead, Four Seasons and Country Walk.

Joining Martinez at the event in Homestead Plaza II were representatives of six additional state agencies who offered assistance and answered questions from motorists whose cars the safety specialists examined. The departments represented included Consumer Affairs, Human Services, Health, Military and Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Lottery. AAA was also on-hand to offer assistance and answer questions.

“With more than seven million registered vehicles traveling the roadways of our state, it is important for owners to understand their responsibilities when it comes to car care and the safe operation of a motor vehicle,” said Martinez. “Routine maintenance, whether provided by a local garage, dealership or done by the owner, goes a long way in preventing costly repairs."

From lights and windshield wipers checks to advice on oil, brake and tire changes, motorists were alerted to any issues that needed attention. They were also reminded that keeping a vehicle in shape is essential since law enforcement can cite a driver at any time for failure to make repairs to a vehicle.

In addition to car care, Martinez highlighted the important role that the state’s federally-mandated emissions inspections plays in maintaining air quality. The inspections are conducted every two years on vehicles that are older than five model years, at any one of 26 central inspection stations or 1,100 licensed, private inspection facilities.

The MVC continues to promote the environmental benefits of emissions testing and vehicle owner responsibility through its NJ Inspections Program.  This program is used to communicate federally-mandated clean air messages, provide helpful maintenance tips, promote energy efficiency through “green” driving and assist owners in preparing for an inspection.

On March 17, the MVC and the DEP, through the NJ Inspections Program, launched their  “Be a Responsible Vehicle Owner” television commercial and bus tail ads to drive home the point that proper vehicle maintenance is not only good for the environment but it also puts "green" back in a driver's wallet.

To view the commercial, please visit http://youtu.be/hsnive8ervI
For more inspection-related information, visit www.njinspections.com