Vehicle owners nationwide often overlook the many responsibilities that come with owning a car or truck. While financial requirements are usually negotiated and subsequently scheduled accordingly, things like required vehicle inspections may fall by the wayside. Some states will even prevent you from renewing your vehicle registration if your inspection isn’t completed.
Emissions And Inspections
Emissions are an increasing concern in many states, and some administrations have stricter rules than others in terms of smog regulations. Air pollution and quality standards are what help define a state’s emissions or smog inspection policies. California is a prime example of a smog inspection state and many of the national air quality standards are modeled after this state’s outlined policies.
Of course, there are some exceptions. In states that require emission testing, exemptions exist for antique car which would obviously not comply to current emission standards. The same for new vehicle which automatically comply with emission standards.
As mentioned earlier, emission concerns and regulations certainly vary from state to state, but there are also many other variables that come into place. While states such as Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Iowa, Alabama or Alaska have no state emission testing regulations, there are many other states which do. Emission regulations might depend, for example, on the type of vehicle, as well as on the specific areas, with densely populate urban areas often displaying emission regulations that are more strict and more heavily enforced.
Which States Require Vehicle Inspection?
While some states do not require any type of vehicle inspection, in many other states, certain type of inspections are mandatory. For example, states such as Alabama, Vermont, Utah, Texas Virginia and West Virginia, require periodical inspections of privately owned vehicles. In some cases, inspections are required as frequently as once a year. This legal requirement has been set up to prevent circulation of potentially dangerous vehicles that emit a high level of toxic chemicals or are generally unsafe to drive.
In some cases, it is a mandatory prerequisite in order to be able to registrar and renew your vehicle. In certain states, such as Connecticut and Hawaii, inspections are only required for commercial vehicles, trucks or trailers.
What States Do Not Require Vehicle Inspections?
Although inspections are not required in a certain US states like Tennessee, South Dakota, South Carolina, Florida, Alaska and Idaho, it is always a good idea to check your vehicle periodically.
Your first concern should obviously be your safety, the safety of your family or anybody using the vehicle regularly besides you. In assuring the safety of your friends and family, you also help to assure the safety of other drivers on the road with you. Even in states where vehicle inspections are not required, a police officer or other authorized agent may stop you if they have reasonable cause to believe your vehicle to be unsafe or improperly equipped. Inspecting your vehicle is always a great investment, regardless of whether it is mandatory by law or not.
Regular Inspections are Like Maintenance
Another great reason to inspect your vehicle regularly is to make sure that is function at its best. If you bought a new vehicle from a reputable dealer or distributor, you should not experience any issue but this doesn’t mean that regular checkups aren’t a good idea. Whenever you buy a used car, it is always a great idea to get the vehicle inspected by a professional. Inspecting the vehicle will help you prevent purchasing a lemon as will pulling a vehicle history report. It is even more important with older vehicles to continue to do regular inspections.
To Inspect or Not To Inspect?
As of 2014, twenty states require regular vehicle inspections of some sort. In other cases, inspections are required upon sale and ownership transfer of any particular vehicle.
On the other hand, even if you live in a state where inspection is not mandatory, inspecting your vehicle is an excellent way to increase your security and the security of others on the road, fostering responsible habits and a better community!