Motor and Other vehicles
Inspection of Motor Vehicles
§ 31-38-4 Director of department of
revenue to require periodic inspection.
(a)(1) The director of revenue shall at least once each year, but not more
frequently than twice each year, or on the schedule defined pursuant to chapter
47.1 of this title require that every vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, and pole
trailer registered in this state or upon a retail seller's premise, be
inspected and that an official certificate of inspection and approval be
obtained for the vehicle, provided, that the director of revenue shall require
the first inspection of any new motor vehicle within two (2) years from the
date of purchase or before the vehicle accumulates twenty-four thousand
(24,000) miles whichever occurs first.
(2) The inspections shall be made and the certificates
obtained with respect to the mechanism, brakes, and equipment of the vehicle as
shall be designated by the director of department of revenue.
(3) The director of the department of revenue is authorized
to make necessary rules and regulations for the administration and enforcement
of this chapter including, but not limited to, upgraded standards of operation
and standards for mechanical testing equipment, and to designate any period or
periods of time during which sellers at retail and owners of any vehicles,
subject to this chapter, shall display upon the vehicles certificates of
inspection and approval, or shall produce these certificates upon demand of any
proper officer or employee of the department of revenue designated by the
director of the department of revenue. In addition, the director shall require
each inspection facility to file a copy of their active garage keeper's legal
liability insurance policy and maintain a minimum of twenty-five thousand
dollars ($25,000) liability coverage. Said coverage shall be purchased for the
purpose of insuring against any damage sustained to a vehicle while under the
control of the inspection facility.
(b) The director of the department of revenue may authorize
the acceptance in this state of a certificate of inspection and approval issued
in another state having an inspection law similar to this chapter, and may
extend the time within which a certificate shall be obtained.
(c) The director of the department of revenue, or the
director's designee, may suspend the registration of any vehicle which he or
she determines is in such unsafe condition as to constitute a menace to safety,
or which, after notice and demand, is not equipped as required in this chapter
or for which a required certificate of inspection and approval has not been
(d) The director of the department of revenue shall provide
for a staggered inspection system by regulations.
(e) Violations of this section are subject to fines
enumerated in § 31-41.1-4.
History of Section.
(P.L. 1977, ch. 14, § 2; P.L. 1984, ch. 186, § 1; P.L. 1993, ch. 254,
§ 2; P.L. 1998, ch. 327, § 2; P.L. 2000, ch. 109, § 43; P.L.
2002, ch. 292, § 125; P.L. 2005, ch. 46, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 57,
§ 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 98, § 26; P.L. 2008, ch. 145, §