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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 990         FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3016


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Ruth B. Balser


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to increase road safety.






Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 990        FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3016

By Ms. Balser of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3016) of Ruth B. Balser for legislation to expand the items inspected on motor vehicles during annual safety inspections.  Transportation. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act to increase road safety.

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              Chapter 90, Section 7A of the General Laws, is hereby amended by striking paragraph

              five in its entirety and replacing same with the following new language:

              In addition to the emissions testing requirements, the rules and regulations for the

              periodic staggered inspection established hereunder shall include, but not be limited

              to, an annual maintenance inspection to determine the proper and safe condition of the

              following: brakes, stop lamps, lights, directional signals, horn, vehicle identification

              number, steering and suspension systems, glazing, windshield wipers and cleaner,

              number plates, tires, fenders, bumpers, external sheet metal, reflectors, splash guards,

              chock blocks, safety belts and exhaust system.

              In addition to the terms and conditions delineated in 540 CMR 4.00, A certificate of

              rejection shall be issued to any vehicle submitted for inspection with Light Truck (LT) or

              Passenger (P) tires, including any full-service spare, greater than six years of age based

              on the Tire Identification Number (TIN).

              The registrar may waive, by written document, certain inspection requirements if any

              such waiver furthers the public interest or is based on technological development and

              does not compromise the public safety; provided, however, that for motor vehicles one

              model year old or less, the registrar may require that the initial inspection mandated by

              this paragraph be performed at the end of the first full year of registration.

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