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    I was told as of today, Massachusetts has a new vehicle inspection procedure.
    There are now 3 or more cameras in the inspection bay, a body camera on the inspector, and audio communications with somebody at the registration office, which can ask for additional will. One of the new requirements is the parking brake must be set, and the engine reved up and the clutch released. If the vehicle moves, it fails.

    This seems excessive for antique vehicles!!

    Are there any other states so excessive?

  • #2
    Antique vehicles should be exempt from inspection like they are here..
    3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
    Henry Ford said,
    "It's all nuts and bolts"
    "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

    Mitch's Auto Service ctr


    • #3
      Not the case in Massachusetts. It has been suggested in the State government, however there has been no action yet.

      Some me of the inspection stations have no idea, how to start a Model A. They claim, they have to drive the vehicle in and out of the inspection bay.

      I wonder what what they will do with Model T's??


      • #4
        Hey Brian, just pull it up and do your normal shutdown routine, turn the gas off, push in the switch, or turn the key off, put on the brake and kick into neutral, exit the car. Now hold out the key to the youngster doing the inspection and tell him, "there ya go, all yours".

        Now, break out the camera and video the whole thing so you have a movie to show the judge just how inept and unable the inspectors really are and how frivolous the law is. I bet when they fail your inspection and you go before the judge he will laugh just as hard as you do when the car fails.

        Oh yes, please be sure to post it to Youtube so we can ALL have a laugh. :rolling:rolling
        Last edited by DaWizard; 10-01-2017, 12:53 PM. Reason: cuz i caint speel
        You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!


        • #5
          That is a awesome idea!!! This should be hilarious!!!!


          • #6
            Oh Brian, you KNOW you HAVE to do it!!

            To add insult to injury, I'd not only hand them the keys, but the hand crank also!!

            BTW, you may not have enough video storage time on your phone, take a camera with ya, oh, and the easy chair!! :rolling:rolling
            You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!


            • DaWizard
              DaWizard commented
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              Oh I quack me up. Too bad California doesn't have laws like that, Youtube would be filled with videos.

          • #7
            We are not supposed to pump our own gas in Oregon. But I always ask to do it myself, and if they refuse I ask them if they are ready to pay for a new $3000 paint job if they damage the paint or any other part of the car. That usually cools their jets, and I pump it myself. A similar argument might work at the MA DEQ.


            • #8
              Brian...I just sent you a private message.
              It's Nice To Be Important, But It's More Important To Be Nice.


              • #9
                I'd think twice about "pissing" the inspector at a private garage who's either going to say ya or nay on whether your car stays registered. I'm sure he'll be able to find something "wrong" with yours . JMO
                Paul in CT I take cars to the DMV inspection station in Wethersfield CT on a regular basis, sometimes for a VIN ck on an abandoned vehicle we're trying to sell or other reasons. A little bit of honey goes a long way.


                • #10
                  I kinda have to agree. The inspection stations are tied directly to the DMV, with live audio and video feeds.

                  I have a 1930 license plate, which could easily be revoked.

                  This is is going to be a learning experience.

                  Our local cal club has had a sticker day, in the past. We will have to wait and see where it goes from here.

                  As as I learn more, I will post that information.

                  Thank You;



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