Inspection Station Bulletin 19-01

17 June 2019

The revised Vermont Periodic Inspection Manual (PIM) has been adopted under the Administrative Procedures Act process and will go into effect July 1, 2019.                                                          

As part of ongoing modernization efforts to improve motorist convenience, DMV collaborated with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Vermont Automotive Dealer Association (VADA), independent dealers and inspection stations, and other relevant partners, to review and update Vermont’s three Periodic Inspection Manuals.

Goals of the review:

  • Remove items that are not critical to the safe operation of a motor vehicle
  • Modernize, simplify, and clarify language
  • Educate the motoring public on the importance of the safety inspection process, the relevance of the inspection criteria, and Vermont motor vehicle laws

During the review process, the team identified criteria in the PIM not critical to the safe operation of a vehicle, but still relevant to vehicle inspections.  As a result, the new manual organizes criteria into three categories: Pass / Reject / Advisory.  “Advisory” is designed to inform and/or educate the customer to a recommended repair or potential violation of law.  An advisory result does not prohibit a customer from passing inspection.   

Sample of other notable changes:

  • Rotors/Drums – Rejection criteria for surface rust has been clarified and rust defined. 
  • Frame/Unibody – Rejection criteria specific to corrosion, damage or cracks clarified.
  • The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is now categorized as an “Advisory.”

Please be advised that numerous changes have been made to the Vermont Inspection Manual beyond the notable changes listed above.  It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the revised inspection manual. 

Enclosed is a copy of the revised Periodic Inspection Manual.  You will notice there are no longer three manuals (547 pages) -School Bus, Motorcycle, Vehicle - Car/Truck, Trailer & Bus.  All three manuals have been consolidated into one PIM (162 pages). 

If you have any questions about these or other inspection component criteria, please contact Scott Davidson, Chief Inspector or your area DMV Investigator directly. To find the investigator assigned to your area, please see the DMV Inspector Map or contact the DMV Investigations Unit 802-828-2067.