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Motor Vehicle Inspections
Maine requires all motor vehicles to undergo a safety inspection once a year. Vehicles registered in Cumberland County are also required to undergo an emissions test. Inspections are conducted at automobile dealerships, service stations and garages.
MOTOR VEHICLE INSPECTION UNIT
This unit is responsible for the administrative testing, licensing, investigation, and regulating processes associated with over 2,600 inspection stations and 8,000 inspection technicians in Maine. The unit also renews inspection stations every two years and inspection technicians every five years. Our clerical staff is responsible for the licensing processes and the sale of nearly 1.3 million inspection stickers per year. Field Inspectors are also responsible for station audits, as well as the investigation and administrative action against inspection stations and technicians who fail to comply with Maine’s inspection laws and rules.
The Inspection Unit is statutorily responsible for inspecting every school bus in the state at least once per year. Hundreds of calls are fielded yearly from police officers, Inspection Stations, Inspection Technicians, members of the public, other state agencies and members of the legislature regarding inspection laws and rules. The Inspection Unit also conducts hundreds of hours of educational speaking informing law enforcement agencies and the industry about vehicle inspection safety standards and related rules.
MOTOR VEHICLE INSPECTION PROGRAM
The Inspection Program includes field audits and investigations, as well as the administrative business and licensing processes. Eight field Motor Vehicle Inspectors conduct station audits, investigate complaints, and administer tests to technician applicants. The two office personnel manage the business processes associated with the program, to include sales of inspection stickers, inspection manuals, processing applications, licenses, and clerical support for field and supervisory personnel.
2013 Statistics from Inspection Program activities:
Motor Vehicle Inspection Program
phone 624-8939, fax 624-8945
Commanding Officer - Lt. Brian Scott
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