Rhode Island cracks down on vehicle inspections

The Department of Motor Vehicles is in the process of distributing digital cameras to all 325 inspection stations in the state.
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Rhode Island cracks down on vehicle inspections

RHODE ISLAND (WLNE) – Rhode Island is cracking down on vehicle inspections.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is in the process of distributing digital cameras to all 325 inspection stations in the state.

Once a station gets a camera, the inspectors are n

ow required to take pictures of the following:

  1. Front of your vehicle
  2. Driver’s side window
  3. Rear of the vehicle
  4. Vehicle information tag
  5. Instrument cluster

If your license plate is excessively dirty, damaged, not secured, homemade, or unreadable from 60 feet away, you will fail the inspection. You will also fail if a trailer hitch or license plate frame is blocking the state name and/or plate type.

The inspector will check your driver’s side window for window tinting. The windows to the left and right of the driver along the windshield must meet 70% transmittance.

If certain lights are on in the instrument cluster, you will fail inspection. The only dash malfunction indicators that are cause for safety rejection are:

  • Brake failure warning lamp
  • ABS MIL
  • SRS/Airbag MIL

The inspector will send the five pictures to a representative at the DMV. It will take roughly 10 minutes for the representative to check the photos and determine if there’s cause for failure.

“Inspections are really about making the roadways are safe– making sure the vehicles on the road are operating properly,” said Paul Grimaldi, the DMV spokesperson.

With the heightened enforcement, Grimaldi recommends drivers have everything in order ahead of their inspection.

“Make sure the lights are working, the tires are in good condition, the brakes are working. Make sure the license plates are on the car and are in good condition,” said Grimaldi.

Right now, 300 of the 325 inspection stations have rolled out the new policy. All of them will begin taking pictures during inspection in the next two months

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