Maine Revised Statutes

§1751. Motor vehicle inspection

1. Inspection required.  Except as provided in this chapter or section 2307, subsection 1, a motor vehicle required to be registered in this State must have an annual inspection. A person may have a motor vehicle inspected more frequently.
[ 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF) .]
2. Equipment subject to inspection.  The following equipment is subject to inspection:
A. Body components; [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
B. Brakes; [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
C. Exhaust system; [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
D. Glazing; [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
E. Horn; [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
F. Lights and directional signals; [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
G. Rearview mirrors; [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
H. Reflectors; [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
I. Running gear; [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
J. Safety seat belts on 1966 and subsequent models; [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
K. Steering mechanism; [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
L. Tires; [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
M. Windshield wipers; [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
N. Catalytic converter on 1983 and subsequent models; and [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
O. Filler neck restriction on 1983 and subsequent models. [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
[ 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF) .]
2-A. Enhanced inspection.  Beginning January 1, 1999, a motor vehicle that is required to be registered in Cumberland County and that is subject to inspection pursuant to subsection 1 must have an annual enhanced inspection. The following equipment is subject to inspection:
A. Equipment subject to inspection pursuant to subsection 2; [1997, c. 786, §1 (NEW).]
B. The fuel tank cap on 1974 and subsequent models of gasoline-powered vehicles; and [1997, c. 786, §1 (NEW).]
C. The on-board diagnostic system on 1996 and subsequent models. [1997, c. 786, §1 (NEW).]
A motor vehicle that is not required to be registered in Cumberland County may have an enhanced inspection under this subsection.
[ 1997, c. 786, §1 (NEW) .]
3. Inspection fee. 
[ 2001, c. 234, §1 (RP) .]
3-A. Inspection fees.  An inspection station may charge the following fees:
A. For inspections performed under subsection 2, the fee may not be more than $12.50; [2001, c. 234, §2 (NEW).]
B. For inspections of pre-1996 model vehicles performed under subsection 2-A, the fee may not be more than $15.50; and [2001, c. 234, §2 (NEW).]
C. For inspections of 1996 and subsequent model vehicles performed under subsection 2-A, the fee may not be more than $18.50. [2001, c. 234, §2 (NEW).]
The inspection fee is payable whether the vehicle passes inspection or not.
[ 2001, c. 234, §2 (NEW) .]
4. Implementation.  The enhanced inspection required by subsection 2-A must be implemented as follows.
A. The fuel tank cap is subject to inspection beginning January 1, 1999. [1997, c. 786, §3 (NEW).]
B. The on-board diagnostic system is subject to inspection beginning January 1, 2000. A motor vehicle may not fail inspection for failure to meet the inspection standard for the on-board diagnostic system until January 1, 2001. [1997, c. 786, §3 (NEW).]
[ 1997, c. 786, §3 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1993, c. 683, §A2 (NEW). 1993, c. 683, §B5 (AFF). 1997, c. 786, §§1-3 (AMD). 2001, c. 234, §§1,2 (AMD).

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