Overview of the new MA Inspection ruleThe Massachusetts (MA) Inspection process has been updated, starting on Tuesday, November 1st, 2022. There is a new rule that states vehicles that have an expired inspection sticker will now be issued an inspection sticker bearing the month in which the inspection of the vehicle was originally due, not the number of the month in which the vehicle is currently being inspected. This new rule applies to both private and commercial vehicles and is mandatory across the state of Massachusetts.
Implementation of the new inspection ruleThe new inspection rule will be enforced by all licensed vehicle inspectors throughout the state. Any vehicle that fails the new inspection process will receive an updated sticker that reflects the month the inspection was originally due. This new rule will also be enforced in conjunction with the state’s annual safety inspection and emissions testing requirements. It is important to note that vehicles must pass the inspection before the due date for the respective month listed on the new inspection sticker.
Why was the new Inspection rule introduced?The new inspection rule was introduced to address issues of non-compliance with existing inspection regulations in Massachusetts. Some car owners extended their inspection beyond the allowed time, endangering other road users and sometimes committing fraud. The new inspection rule will help to curtail these problems while maintaining safety standards on Massachusetts roads.
Understanding the difference between old and new inspection stickersPreviously, inspection stickers were displayed in a visual format that included the month being inspected and a number corresponding to the month it was being inspected in. For instance, January inspections would have the number “01” and February inspections would have the number “02” on the sticker. Under the new rule, the number will be replaced with the due date of the inspection sticker. For example, inspections due in January will have the month written on the sticker as “January”.
How will the new inspection rule impact car owners in MA?Car owners in Massachusetts need to be aware of the new inspection rule and ensure that their vehicles are inspected in the required month the inspection sticker is due. Failure to adhere to this regulation may result in fines and penalties and may make the vehicle unroadworthy until the inspection has been completed. The new rule will also help to maintain safety standards on Massachusetts roads.
What happens if you fail to adhere to the new inspection rule?If a vehicle fails to adhere to the new inspection rule, the inspector will issue an inspection sticker with the month the inspection was originally due, and the vehicle must be re-inspected and passed before the respective due date. This continues until the vehicle passes inspection. Failure to comply may result in additional fees and fines. It is important to adhere to the new inspection rule to avoid any inconvenience or legal action.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the new MA Inspection rule.
- Q: When does the new inspection rule take effect?
- The new inspection rule takes effect on Tuesday, November 1st, 2022.
- No, car owners must get their vehicles inspected during the month listed on the inspection sticker.
- If a vehicle fails inspection, the inspector will issue an updated sticker with the month the inspection was originally due, and the vehicle must be re-inspected and repaired before the due date listed on the sticker.
- Yes, this new inspection rule applies to all private and commercial vehicles in Massachusetts, and it will be enforced by all licensed inspectors throughout the state.