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Traffic tips: You must have your vehicle inspected

March 26, 2011 at 4:04 p.m.
Updated March 25, 2011 at 10:26 p.m.


By Sgt. Julian Huerta

This week's traffic law is found in The Texas Transportation Code, section 548.051

Subchapter B. Vehicles and Equipment Subject to Inspection and Reinspection

Sec. 548.051. Vehicles and Equipment Subject to Inspection. (a) A motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer, or mobile home, registered in this state, must have the following items inspected at an inspection station or by an inspector:

(1) tires;

(2) wheel assembly;

(3) safety guards or flaps, if required by Section 547.606;

(4) brake system, including power brake unit;

(5) steering system, including power steering;

(6) lighting equipment;

(7) horns and warning devices;

(8) mirrors;

(9) windshield wipers;

(10) sunscreening devices, unless the vehicle is exempt from sunscreen device restrictions under Section 547.613;

(11) front seat belts in vehicles on which seat belt anchorages were part of the manufacturer's original equipment;

(12) tax decal, if required by Section 548.104(d)(1);

(13) exhaust system;

(14) exhaust emission system;

(15) fuel tank cap, using pressurized testing equipment approved by department rule; and

(16) emissions control equipment as designated by department rule.

(b) A moped is subject to inspection in the same manner as a motorcycle, except that the only items of equipment required to be inspected are the brakes, headlamps, rear lamps and reflectors, which must comply with the standards prescribed by Sections 547.408 and 547.801.

Several people have asked about what actually gets inspected when a vehicle goes in for an inspection, and as you see above 16 different items are looked at and can possibly fail inspection.

Cost for the inspection alone for one year is $14.50 and $23.75 for a two year sticker.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Sgt. Julian Huerta, Victoria Po lice Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.

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