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WVC 17 C- 16 - 4 §17C-16-4. Commissioner to require periodical inspection; acceptance of certificate of inspection from another state; suspension of registration of unsafe vehicles.
(a) The commissioner of motor vehicles 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 such vehicle.

Such inspections shall be made and such certificates obtained with respect to the mechanism, brakes, and equipment of every such vehicle as shall be designated by the commissioner.

The commissioner is hereby authorized to make necessary rules and regulations for the administration and enforcement of this section and to designate any period or periods of time during which owners of any vehicles, subject to this section, shall display upon such vehicles certificates of inspection and approval or shall produce the same upon demand of any officer or employee of the department designated by the commissioner or any police or peace officer when authorized by the commissioner.

(b) The commissioner 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 a certificate shall be obtained by the resident owner of a vehicle which was not in this state during the time an inspection was required.

(c) The commissioner may suspend the registration of any vehicle which he determines is in such unsafe condition as to constitute a menace to safety or which after notice and demand is not equipped as required in this chapter or for which a required certificate has not been obtained.

(d) If requested by the owner thereof , the commissioner 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 commissioner shall cause to be issued a certificate of inspection for that vehicle.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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