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Most Utah drivers say goodbye to safety inspections

Most Utah drivers will no longer have to go through the trouble of getting a safety inspection.

Legislation discontinued the safety inspection requirement at the beginning of 2018, but officials say that doesn't change the requirements in place prior to that date.

“This means if a passenger vehicle registration expires in 2017 that would have required a safety inspection at that time, the inspection will still be required to register after that date – even in January,” says Charlie Roberts, spokesperson of the Utah Division of Motor Vehicles.

Roberts added, “We use registration expiration dates to implement new motor vehicle laws. This is consistent with the implementation of other tax laws.”

Most personally owned passenger vehicles and light trucks are no longer to receive  a safety inspection to be registered, but there are some exceptions.

The Utah Department of Safety says the vehicles listed below are required to pass a Safety Inspection after January 1, 2018:

    • Salvage Vehicle: If a vehicle is going to be registered as a salvage vehicle, it will need to pass a Safety Inspection the first time only it is registered as such.
    • Street-Legal ATV: Any size street-legal ATV will need to pass a Safety Inspection the first time it is registered as such and each time it changes ownership it will need to pass a Safety Inspection to be registered.
    • Commercial Vehicle: A commercial vehicle 10,001 or more GVWR or GCWR will need to pass a Safety Inspection annually and display a Safety Inspection certificate/sticker. An annual federal inspection will also meet this requirement.</li?
    • School Bus: A school bus will need to pass a Safety Inspection annually and display a Safety Inspection certificate/sticker. This is a separate inspection than those conducted in the spring and fall by the Utah Highway Patrol.
    • Bus or Van for Hire: These vehicles will need to pass a Safety Inspection annually and display a Safety Inspection certificate/sticker.
    • Taxicab: Taxis will need to pass a Safety Inspection annually and display a Safety Inspection certificate/sticker.
    • Ground Transportation Service Provider: Vehicles that transport passengers for hire or as a courtesy in connection with a business pursuant to a license with Salt Lake City, where the pickup or drop-off of passengers occurs at the Salt Lake International Airport will need to pass a Safety Inspection annually and display a Safety Inspection certificate/sticker. These vehicles include:
      Taxicab
      Limousine or Luxury Car
      Bus or Minibus (excludes public transit vehicles)
      Courtesy Vehicle or Hotel Vehicle
      Special Transportation Vehicles for Persons with a Disability
      Van
    • Three or More Axles: A motor vehicle with three or more axles, pulling a trailer, or pulling a trailer with multiple axles. Any “Class 6” to “Class 13” type vehicle or combination (including a trailer) described on the chart below will need to pass a Safety Inspection annually and display a Safety Inspection certificate/sticker. Motorhomes with three axles are “Class 6” vehicles. Pickup trucks, including those with dual rear wheels, are not in the “Class 6” category.

For more information about Safety Inspections call the Utah Highway Patrol at (801) 965-4889.  Details can also be found here. 


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