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Old 06-23-2011   #1
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Motor Vehicle Safety and Inspection Regulations

http://leg1.state.va.us/000/reg/TOC19030.HTM#C0070

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VA State Inspection Program General List

y'know, the one found on every State Inspection Station's garage door or office:


Virginia Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Program
The Required Official Inspection Procedure, as approved by the Virginia State Police Superintendent, is as follows:
REQUIRED OFFICIAL INSPECTION PROCEDURE
Each inspection consists of the following items – for further details consult the "Official Inspection Manual":
1. - REMOVE OLD INSPECTION STICKER.
2. - DRIVE VEHICLE INTO INSPECTION LANE.
3. - INSPECT BRAKES FOR:
  • Worn, damaged or missing parts.
  • Worn, contaminated or defective linings or drums.
  • Leaks in system, proper fluid level.
  • Worn, contaminated or defective disc pads or discs.
    (NOTE: A minimum of two wheels and drums must be removed from each vehicle at the time of inspection. Consult the official inspection manual for exceptions.)
4. - INSPECT PARKING BRAKE FOR:
  • Broken or missing parts.
  • Proper adjustment.
  • Standard factory equipment or equivalent.
5. - INSPECT HEADLIGHTS FOR:
  • Approved type, aim, and output.
  • Condition of lamp, wiring and switch.
  • Beam indicator.
6. - INSPECT OTHER LIGHTS FOR:
  • Approved type, proper bulbs, condition of lenses, wiring and switch.
  • Aim of fog and driving lamps.
  • Illumination of all lamps, lens color, and condition of lens.
    (NOTE: Every vehicle must have a rear lamp showing a red light to the rear, a white light illuminating the rear license plate; vehicles over 7 feet wide or extending 4 inches or more beyond the front fender extremes must be equipped with approved clearance lamps and reflex reflectors. Count load in measuring.)
7. – INSPECT SIGNAL DEVICE FOR:
  • Approved type, proper bulbs, condition of lenses, wiring and switch.
  • Correct indications and tell-tale (visual or audible).
  • Illumination of all lamps, lens color, and condition of lens.
8. – INSPECT STEERING & SUSPENSION FOR: (Jack up front end as shown in Manual)
  • Wear in bushings, kingpins, ball joints, wheel bearings, tie rod ends.
  • Looseness of gear box on frame, condition of drag link and steering arm.
  • Play in steering wheel.
  • Wheel alignment and axle alignment.
  • Broken spring leaves, and worn shackles.
  • Shock absorbers.
  • Broken frame.
  • Broken or missing engine mounts.
  • Lift blocks.
9. – INSPECT TIRES, WHEELS & RIMS FOR:
  • Condition of tires including tread depth.
  • Mixing radials and bias ply tires.
  • Wheels that are cracked or damaged so as to affect safe operation.
10. – INSPECT MIRROR FOR:
  • Rigidity of mounting.
  • Condition of reflecting surface.
  • View of road to rear (Truck mirrors must extend at least halfway beyond edge of body) – (Visibility 200 feet to rear).
11. – INSPECT HORN FOR:
  • Electrical connections, mounting and horn button.
  • Emits sound audible for a minimum of 200 feet.
12. – INSPECT WINDSHIELD AND OTHER GLASS FOR:
  • Approved type safety glass.
  • Cloudiness, distortion or other obstruction to vision.
  • Cracked, scratched or broken glass.
  • Stickers. ALL UNAUTHORIZED STICKERS MUST BE REMOVED.
  • Sunshading material attached to the windshield to ensure it does not extend more than 3 inches downward from the top of windshield, unless authorized by Medical Waiver Certificate.
  • Operation of left front door glass.
13. – INSPECT WINDSHIELD WIPER/DEFROSTER FOR:
  • Operating condition.
  • Condition of blade.
14. – INSPECT EXHAUST SYSTEM FOR:
  • Exhaust line-manifold, gaskets, pipes, mufflers, connections, etc.
  • Leakage of gases at any point from motor to point discharged from system.
15. – INSPECT LICENSE TAGS FOR:
  • Illumination of rear plate.
16. – INSPECT HOOD AND AREA UNDER THE HOOD FOR:
  • Operating condition of hood latch.
  • Presence of emissions system -Evidence that any essential parts have been removed, rendered inoperative or disconnected.
  • Fluid levels that are below the proper level
    1. Brake fluid.
    2. Power steering fluid.
  • Power steering belt - proper tension, wear, or absence.
17. – INSPECT AIR POLLUTION CONTROL SYSTEM (1973 and Subsequent Models) FOR:
  • Installation.
  • Operation.
    (NOTE: This includes the catalytic converter and the fuel tank filler pipe.)
18. – INSPECT DRIVER’S SEAT FOR:
  • Anchorage.
  • Location.
  • Condition.
19. – INSPECT SEAT BELTS FOR:
  • Approved type.
  • Installation.
20. – INSPECT AIR BAG AND AIRBAG READINESS LIGHT FOR:
  • Any defects in the air bag system noted by the air bag readiness light, or otherwise indicated; or
  • The air bag has been deployed and has not been replaced (and is not deactivated because of a medical or other exemption and a notice is posted to indicate that it has been deactivated); or
  • Any part of the air bag system has been removed from the vehicle; or
  • If the air bag indicator fails to light, or stays on continuously.
21. – INSPECT DOORS AT THE RIGHT & LEFT SIDE OF THE DRIVER’S SEAT FOR:
  • Handle or opening device which will permit the opening of the door from the outside and inside of the vehicle.
  • Latching system which will hold door in its proper closed position.
22. – INSPECT FUEL SYSTEM FOR:
  • Any part that is not securely fastened.
  • Liquid fuel leakage.
  • Fuel tank filler cap for presence.
23. – INSPECT FLOOR PAN FOR:
(a) Holes which allow exhaust gases to enter occupant compartment.
(b) Conditions which create a hazard to the occupants.
24. – ISSUE STICKER:
(a) If approved, place approval sticker on the vehicle, and give pink copy of certificate to operator.
(b) ALL DEFECTS MUST BE CORRECTED AND THE VEHICLE REINSPECTED WITHIN 15 DAYS.
THE DRIVER MAY BE IN JEOPARDY OF RECEIVING A SUMMONS FOR ANY DEFECT STILL
PRESENT ANY TIME THE VEHICLE IS OPERATED ON THE HIGHWAY.
(NOTE: The validity period of the rejection sticker shall include fifteen (15) days in addition to the day of the inspection.)
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Inspect doors for the latches inside and out. If they can find my doors they can inspect them.

I had issues with a little creek DOD gate guard today, he tried to issue a ticket then came back out of his booth 5 mins later with an equipment warning.

State,norfolk, and base MP's faild to find anything that stated vehicle must have doors. Nor did they really care. State boy gave me his trooper card if i get any shit for the doors.

I personally talked with all of them. Other chp friends have pulled over vans with no sliding door and couldnt find anything to issue a ticket for.
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This was posted as a courtesy- not to argue federal agents trying to cite you for state violations.
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I understood it as if there are doors installed, they have to be fully functional and closed. That's how a statey explained it to me when I asked if we could ride around with our rented mini van doors open.
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so anybody know of an inspection station likely to overlook the fact that my diesel doesn't have a muffler? It's got a cat, just straight piped after that though...
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Mine is the same way and I've never had anyone say a word to me. I'd say take it to Travis's right there on 17 in Carrolton. Thats who used to inspect my TJ when it was my DD, and they inspected the truck a few times before as well.

Didn't know you bought a Diesel... What did you pick up so that I can tell my MIL to keep an eye out... Ya'll still live out that way?
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Thanks Alex, I will head that way. I picked up an '05 Excursion with the dreaded 6.0 in it. They are getting hard to find with low miles so after running an OASIS report on it and finding no problems I flew up to the Chicago area and drove it back late last week. Looks to be well taken care of and some mods already done like EGR delete and muffler removed to open it up a bit.... now for some shopping to get some monitoring going on this thing, I can hear my wallet emptying a bit this payday, lol....
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The issue is that ON BASE, the laws there are different than state. Just like there is a federal law requiring hands free cell phone useage, and there's not a STATE law. I haven't yet researched federal vehicle/base laws, but can if there is interest.
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So I got my LA tags today, LA does have a state Inspection but is not required for Military that do not live in the state. (from what I understand) Should I scrap my VA Inspection Stickers so that VA cops don't see a VA Inspection and no front Tag?
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So I got my LA tags today, LA does have a state Inspection but is not required for Military that do not live in the state. (from what I understand) Should I scrap my VA Inspection Stickers so that VA cops don't see a VA Inspection and no front Tag?
Thats all I did for my Texas plate. I just kept up my registration and didn't worry about the inspection until I went back home.
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The issue is that ON BASE, the laws there are different than state. Just like there is a federal law requiring hands free cell phone useage, and there's not a STATE law. I haven't yet researched federal vehicle/base laws, but can if there is interest.

Thats the kicker. I talked to the MP captain today and he didnt see the difference in removing doors on a roll caged Xj and a lowerd civic sitting next to me. I challenged him to write me a ticket for no doors or an equipment violation related to doors or side impact. He said he will call.....

I also asked if he enforced VA state or a military vehicle code his answer was it was his code. So time to push the limits of what a door is. Ill be doing this over the weekend minus the top 1/2 of the door.

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