“I first found out about this big change in October,” Pelkey said. “I went to a Montpelier workshop for auto service station owners like me to learn more about it. Meanwhile, I had to pay to get an internet connection at my garage, then pay $1,500 for this equipment which I can’t open yet. I was told my business will be charged $2.41 each time I use the smart pad to do a vehicle inspection.”
We of the noble State Poobahs, cannot let some low grade Granolas and Woodchucks get away with stealing some inspection stickers or shopping the beater around so that it will pass inspection to save on the fee. No sir we cannot and will not allow that. Here’s our solution; Massive oppression.
From the literate pens at:
Big Brother will be watching Vermont’s motor vehicle inspections
After decades of using ink pens and carbon-paper record books for vehicle inspection work, the Green Mountain State is going digital and adopting the Automated Vehicle Inspection Program.
The move away from paper inspection records to centralized internet-based data collecting is part of the state’s attempt to reduce inspection fraud and so-called sticker shopping by some vehicle owners.
Following a competitive bidding process in 2016, Vermont contracted California-based Parsons, an international engineering services firm, to provide AVIP administration services, maintenance and support, inspection equipment and a technical support hotline for participating Vermont auto service centers.
According to Parsons’ website, the company inspects 2.3 million vehicles annually and maintains 121 inspection lanes at 29 state-owned inspection facilities.
Using AVIP, as a vehicle is inspected, diagnostic data and digital images of the vehicle will be immediately sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles computer database via the internet. [snip]
Stolen inspection stickers
Approximately 970 of Vermont’s 1,400 official state inspection stations have signed up for AVIP, Pelkey told Watchdog. However, he is aware of only 21 smaller inspections stations, so far, opting out of doing vehicle inspections entirely. “They probably don’t want to pay to connect to the internet (and pay a monthly connection fee) as well as out-of-pocket expenses for the equipment,” he surmised.
“This is supposed to cut down on inspection fraud,” Pelkey said, “but I am not so sure. This might end up being counterproductive by increasing sticker theft in the long run. I also think it’s going to hurt Vermonters on fixed incomes as well as struggling working people.”
Pelkey noted that the Vermont State Police and DMV last month began investigating the theft of inspection tickets at two Rutland-area automobile dealerships, Brileya Jeep-Chrysler and Shearer Honda. “It’s starting already,” he said.
The AVIP smart pad will record everything about a vehicle when the owner brings it for an inspection, from a check-engine light to an underinflated tire sensor warning.
“It used to be that some inspectors let very minor things go to help out a cash-strapped customer,” he said. “Not anymore. The smart pad will record everything and then that’s all uploaded to Montpelier.”