Why punish people who are not doing illegal smogs? If you do 10,000 smogs in your career, how is 1 mistake a statistically valid reason for punishment? I believe the tech is doing a good job but his experience is blinding him to unrealistic UC scenarios.
The way the BAR looks at it, if you pass their uc vehicle with an obvious modification, you're probably passing lots of other vehicles that should've failed. What are the chances of someone testing 10,000 vehicles perfectly and then missing one BAR uc vehicle for a modified PCV system or missing EGR valve? I think a big problem is job burnout like None mentioned. Imagine the quality of smog inspections if we knew no one was watching us? The problem is the severity of the penalty for the first offense. It needs to be less money and no more than 30 days loss of STAR.
I agree with 909 though. None of these were hidden. If you are doing good checks you would have caught the ones I've seen. I had complete confidence in my tech because he does fail a lot of cars for legitimate tampers and his FPR is good. I still think he can do the job well and I am interested in responses to the original post. "How do I stop it from happening again."
My STAR was to be suspended for 60 days from the first one but I won't bother appealing on this one. I don't really have a leg to stand on. (SCANNER, insert Monty Python clip)
People are usually shocked when they find out I'm not a very good electrician.