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Posted July 13, 2017

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Next time you see a smoke-belching vehicle rolling down the road, do something about it.

The Regional Smoking Vehicle Program (RSVP) is designed to inform vehicle owners that their vehicle may be creating excessive smoke and emitting pollutants that are harmful to people’s health and the environment. Driving a vehicle with excessive smoke in Texas is a violation of the state’s smoking vehicle statute, which defines a smoking vehicle as one that either emits smoke for 10 or more consecutive seconds and/or whose suspended smoke does not fully dissipate within 10 seconds.

Texas law enforcement agencies may issue citations, punishable by fines up to $1,000, to drivers operating a smoking vehicle on any roadway.

RSVP allows North Texans to anonymously report vehicles emitting visible smoke and pollution. Wireless users can call 817-704-2522 or, for certain wireless service providers, simply call #SMOKE (#76653). Landline users can call 817-704-2522. Internet users can complete an online form.

To report a smoking vehicle, have the Texas license plate, the city of the sighting, the date and time observed, and the cross streets traveled ready. Smoking vehicle reports must be submitted within 30 days of the sighting.

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City Plan Commission Work Session: noon July 26, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street, 2nd Floor - City Hall.
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Capital Improvements Advisory Committee for Transportation Impact Fees: 1:30 p.m. July 26, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street, City Hall, 2nd Floor.
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City Plan Commission Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. July 26, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street, 2nd Floor - City Hall.
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Park and Recreation Advisory Committee Nature Center and Refuge Tour REVISED: 3 p.m. July 26, 2017; Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, Hardwicke Center, Murray James Auditorium, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road.
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Park and Recreation Advisory Committee Board Meeting REVISED: 4 p.m. July 26, 2017; Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, Hardwicke Center, Murray James Auditorium, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road.
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Rolling & Walking Town Hall: 6 p.m. July 26, 2017; To be determined.

Urban Design Commission: 10 a.m. July 27, 2017; City Hall, Second Flr, Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Walking Town Hall: 10 a.m. July 29, 2017; To be determined.

Assessment of Fair Housing Public Meeting: 7 p.m. July 31, 2017; Bethlehem Center, 951 Evans Ave.

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