Sticker Security And Issuing Stickers
Every Station should have sticker security issuance procedures in place. A periodic review of all stickers issued should be conducted by station management.
Any missing sticker, missing windshield replacement glass, or missing workorder/report is very serious and could result in the suspension of the station or severe fines and penalites.
Stickers should be kept secure on a daily basis during business hours as well as during closed hours.
Do not permit stickers or monthly inserts to be placed on top of a cabinet or in an unsecured drawer during the work day. A sticker could inadvertently get mixed up or stuck with other papers.
Searching for a missing sticker is very time consuming, requires a report to the police as well as to PennDOT, and could result in the station’s suspension.
Stations should frequently review a sticker issuance report and the sticker inventory for both safety and emissions.
Occupational Limited License (OLL)
Station managers should monitor employees for restricted driving licenses such as Occupational Limited License (OLL) or Ignition/DUI Interlock (DUI) Licenses.
There are many ramifications relative to an OLL and a Ignition/DUI Interlock License. Anyone possessing any limited license is not permitted to emission or safety inspect vehicles. The OLL license can be readily identified by a red border on the left side of the driver’s license.
Because a safety and/or emission inspector is not permitted to inspect vehicles while in possession of a restricted license, it is imperative that station managers visually review and record dealership employee’s driver’s license information periodically.
Mechanic Citations During Road Test
A safety inspector performing a road test shall not be cited by law enforcement personnel for any violation relating to vehicle equipment (for example: sun screening, ornamental lighting, blinking 3rd brake light, etc.). This protection only applies when the inspector is performing the road test portion of the safety inspection.
The inspector is subject to a traffic citation for any moving violations that occur (such as speeding, etc.).
Medical Card for Road testing
Any operator of a commercial vehicle or combination greater than 10,000 lbs GVWR driven across state lines (inter-state commerce) and any commercial vehicle or combination greater than 17,000 lbs GVWR driven within the state (intra-state commerce) must possess a medical card.
A medical card is not required for safety inspection by a certified safety inspector while performing a road test during a safety inspection. A medical card is required for any road testing as a result of general repairs.
Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
A CDL is required to operate any commercial vehicle at any time. An individual picking up a vehicle for repairs or delivering a commercial vehicle to a customer is required to possess a CDL.
A salesperson is required to possess a CDL if operating a vehicle greater than 26,000 lbs GVWR. Be aware, as CDL’s are being issued to new applicants a CDL with a restriction “E” restricts the driver from operating commercial vehicles with a standard transmission. Any driver’s test taken with an automatic transmission will be restricted to driving commercial vehicles with an automatic transmission.
A motorhome (registered as a motorhome) is not a commercial vehicle and therefore does not require a medical card or a CDL but the operator shall possess a non-CDL of a class permitting operation of the appropriate GVWR non-CDL “B” or non-CDL “A”.
Vehicles with Hand Controls
Inspectors may be called upon to inspect a vehicle which is equipped with special hand or foot controls. Typically, auxiliary controls are installed on vehicles where the operator has a physical disability. Hand controls can range from a simple steering wheel (spinner) knob to extensions on the foot pedals to a joy stick that controls movement of the entire vehicle.
Additionally, vehicles will be presented for inspection that have been retrofitted for right hand operation (i.e. rural mail carriers). As long as the work is performed in a workmanship like manner and all required controls are within the operator reach and view, there is nothing in the PA Equipment and Inspection Manual to prevent the use of such equipment.
If the retrofitted equipment is of a nature that the safety inspector does not feel comfortable to road test for safety inspection, the vehicle shall be inspected by an inspector who is trained to operate the controls. It is not acceptable for the owner/operator to drive the vehicle with an inspector riding as a passenger.
Vehicle Rejection and Re-inspection Procedure
Whenever a vehicle is presented for inspection and is rejected, the vehicle owner has the right to have repairs made by a person or station of his choice. If the vehicle owner elects to remove the vehicle from the inspection station for the purpose of repairs and then returns the vehicle at a later date or time, the inspection station is required by law to perform a complete re-inspection. This re-inspection should include all items of inspection and not only those which failed the first time.
Under the safety inspection program, a vehicle owner does not have the right to a free re-inspection. The inspection station is entitled to charge another inspection fee for this service. However, if the inspection station wishes to provide a free re-inspection they may do so, provided a complete re-inspection of all inspection items is performed. The vehicle owner should be informed of the fee prior to the re-inspection.
When a vehicle fails inspection and the owner does not authorize repairs, the procedure to reject is as follows:
- List all defective parts on the customers work order or receipt.
- List all parts which may fall below minimum inspection requirements before next inspection.
- Discuss these parts with the owner should there be any questions.
- Record the vehicle on the appropriate record sheet or electronic reporting program as a rejected vehicle and indicate what items failed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a crack in a tail light or other required lights cause for rejection?
A crack in a lens that does not allow white light to pass through would not be cause for rejection. Additionally, minor defects in lenses may be corrected/repaired through the use of epoxy and other glues that are transparent when applied. The use of tape is not considered to be a suitable repair since tape sold for this application is considered a temporary repair.
Is a safety inspector required to remove brake pads from a brake caliper when performing an inspection on passenger cars, light and medium trucks?
Yes. In order to properly inspect a vehicle’s braking system according to the inspection regulations, you must remove the brake pads from the caliper in order to:
1) Verify that the brake pad is being measured at the thinnest point or above the highest set rivet, and
2) Verify the lining is not cracked, broken, or loose.
What is the procedure for recording the old sticker mileage when the mileage from the old sticker is not legible?
1. List the old odometer reading from the previous inspection sticker.
2. If not legible, record the serial number of the previous sticker (including both alpha and numeric characters).
3. Enter “No Sticker” if there is no sticker on the windshield.
Courtesy of PAA Service Bulletin No. 3, 3/26/2018