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High-tech innovations prompt low-tech relocation of Va. inspection stickers

Staff report • Updated Dec 7, 2017 at 2:20 PM

RICHMOND — Effective Jan. 1, Virginia state inspection stickers will no longer be affixed to the bottom center of a vehicle’s windshield, the Virginia State Police has announced.

Due to new automotive innovations, state inspection stickers will be placed in the bottom left corner on the driver’s side of the vehicle, and the change will also apply to the placement of any other authorized stickers.

The VSP said the relocation is because automobile manufacturers now offer crash avoidance technology in many of their vehicles utilizing the center of the windshield. Placement of items in that area, including stickers, could prevent crash avoidance systems from operating.

“The core mission of the Virginia Safety Inspection Program is to promote highway safety, and the crash avoidance technology is another tool provided by manufacturers to ensure vehicles operated on the roadways are safe at all times,” said VSP Safety Division Commander Capt. R.C. Maxey Jr.

“Therefore, we immediately began evaluating the situation and set forth to make the necessary changes to the Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Manual which governs the placement of the safety inspection sticker on all vehicles.”

Once vehicles registered in Virginia are inspected and issued 2019 stickers in the coming year, the new stickers will be placed in the appropriate relocated area. Vehicles registered and licensed in Virginia must be inspected once a year.

The VSP Safety Division began notifying all certified inspection stations of the placement change on Dec. 2.

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