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What You'll Need To Know About The State's New Vehicle Inspection System

Vermont Department of Transportation
The state's new vehicle inspection system will mean big changes for the mechanics conducting the inspection.

Vermonters have been getting their cars inspected since 1935. Some believe the system we've been using dates about that far back. But that's about to change.

Beginning in mid-March, inspection stations will be checking the safety and emissions of your vehicle with new, ruggedized tablets that will feed information into a centralized database. It's called the Automated Vehicle Inspection Program.

A lot of questions have come up about the system and Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Robert Ide will provide answers.

Some AVIP info at-a-glance:

  • The required tablet for inspection stations costs around $1,600. Inspection stations can pay up front or pursue a financing option.
  • With the new system, there will be an additional $2.21 charge for each AVIP inspection. The revenue from this new surcharge is used to pay Parsons, the company contracted by the state to support the program.
  • There will be a public database where a vehicle's inspection history can be searched using the Vehicle Identification Number.
  • The DMV says actual standards for determining what passes vehicle inspection aren't changing. What is changing is this system for conducting the inspection and collecting information.

More resources: AVIP information is available from the DMV for motorists and for inspection stations.

Also on the program, Vermont Corrections Commissioner Lisa Menard joins us to discuss several recommendations about the state's corrections system that Gov. Phil Scott made during his budget address.

Broadcast on Thursday, January 26, 2017 live at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Ric was a producer for Vermont Edition and host of the VPR Cafe.
Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
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