Inspection Station Bulletin 19-02

17 June 2019

In Bulletin 19-01, we discussed the revised Vermont Periodic Inspection Manual (PIM) having been adopted under the Administrative Procedures Act Rules (Effective date: July 1, 2019) and the mailing of a copy to each Vermont Inspection Station.  This bulletin introduces two amendments to the PIM.    


“Trailer” section, starting on page 110: Wheels and Tires were inadvertently omitted from the original print.  As a result, the process has begun to add the following to the bottom of page 111, and you will be notified when it has been adopted. 

Procedure: Examine tires.  Refer to “Pleasure Car and Light Truck” section, pages 31-32.


This Legislative change is effective July 1, 2019.

Old Language (2013 Periodic Inspection Manual)

Model year 1996 and newer gasoline-powered vehicles having a GVWR of 8,500 pounds or less and model year 1997 and newer diesel-powered vehicles having a GVWR of 8,500 pounds or less.

New Language (Periodic Inspection Manual: Effective July 1, 2019)

Starting from the current calendar year, vehicles 16 model years old or less, having a GVWR of 8,500 pounds or less must be inspected for OBD. For example: from January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020, vehicles that are model year 2005 or newer will need to be inspected for OBD.

*For purposes of determining which model year vehicles are subject to testing, vehicles with the same model year as the current calendar year will be considered one model year old.

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.

The new PIM can be downloaded here.

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