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§17C-16-4.  Superintendent of the West Virginia State Police to require periodical inspection; acceptance of certificate of inspection from another state; suspension of registration of unsafe vehicles.

(a) The Superintendent of the West Virginia State Police shall once each year require that every motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer and pole trailer registered in this state be inspected and that an official certificate of inspection and approval be obtained for each vehicle.

The inspections shall be made and the certificates obtained with respect to the mechanism, brakes and equipment of every vehicle designated by the Superintendent.

The Superintendent may make necessary rules for the administration and enforcement of this section and may designate any period or periods during which owners of any vehicles, subject to this section, shall display upon the vehicles certificates of inspection and approval or shall produce the certificates upon demand of any officer or employee of the State Police designated by the Superintendent or any police or peace officer when authorized by the Superintendent.

(b) The superintendent may authorize the acceptance in this state of a certificate of inspection and approval issued in another state having an inspection law similar to this chapter and may extend the time within which the resident owner of a vehicle which was not in this state during the time an inspection was required must obtain a certificate.

(c) At the request of the Superintendent, the Commissioner of the Division of Motor Vehicles may suspend the registration of any vehicle which the Superintendent determines is in such an unsafe condition that it constitutes a menace to safety or which after notice and demand is not equipped as required in this chapter or for which the vehicle’s owner has not obtained the required certificate.

(d) If requested by the owner  of the vehicle, the  Superintendent shall also cause to be inspected a Class A farm use motor vehicle exempt from annual registration certificate and licensing as provided in section two, article three, chapter seventeen-a of this code.  If the Class A farm use motor vehicle passes the inspection, the Superintendent shall cause a certificate of inspection to be issued for that vehicle.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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