CHAPTER Saf-C 3200  OFFICIAL MOTOR VEHICLE INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS

 

Statutory Authority:  RSA 21-P:14, V(a)

 

REVISION NOTE #1 (Replacement of Saf-M 700 by Saf-C 3200):

 

          Document #5250, effective 10-21-91, adopted Saf-C 3200, making extensive changes to the wording, numbering and format of rules in the former Chapter Saf-M 700 governing motor vehicle inspections.  The filings prior to Document #5250 for former Chapter Saf-M 700 included the following documents:

 

                  #1723, eff 3-1-81                          #2993, eff 3-22-85

                  #2067, eff 6-29-82                        #4206, eff 1-16-87

                  #2253, eff 12-31-82                      #4356, eff 1-20-88

                  #2254, eff 12-31-82                      #4376, eff 2-29-88

                  #2602, eff 1-24-84                        #4813, eff 5-03-90

                  #2946, eff 1-3-85                          #4872, eff 7-24-90

 

          All of Saf-M 700, except for the amendments in Documents #2993, 4206, 4356, 4376, and 4872, had expired on January 3, 1991.  Document #5250 was intended to replace all prior motor inspection rules, but did not actually repeal the remaining existing rules in Saf-M 700.  Document #5260, effective 10-25-91, made an amendment to Saf-M 712.03(a) relative to emergency lights and was numbered and worded to correspond with that paragraph.  Emergency lights were otherwise governed by Saf-C 3217.02. 

 

          Document #6281, effective 7-9-96, repealed the remaining effective rules in Saf-M 700 governing emergency lights, and Saf-M 700 was now completely replaced by Saf-C 3200.

 

REVISION NOTE #2 (Amendments and Readoption with Amendments of Saf-C 3200):

 

          Document #8915, effective 6-22-07, readopted with amendments most rules in Chapter Saf-C 3200, making changes to the wording, numbering, and format of those rules.  The filings affecting Saf-C 3200 after Document #5250 and prior to Document #8915 include the following documents:

 

          #5361, eff 3-19-92                                                          #6266, eff 6-11-96

          #5585, eff 2-17-93, INTERIM                                         #6603, eff 10-18-97, INTERIM

          #5602, eff 3-25-93                                                          #6664, eff 12-30-97

          #5876, eff 8-2-94                                                            #7731, eff 7-26-02

          #6151, eff 12-22-95, INTERIM, EXPIRED 4-30-96         #8530, eff 12-24-05, INTERIM,                                                                                              EXPIRED 6-22-06

 

          All of Saf-C 3200, except for the amendments in Documents #7731, had expired on June 22, 2006.  Document #8915 renumbered, but did not readopt at that time, the following rules contained in Document #7731 and which therefore retained their last effective date of 7-26-02:

 

          Saf-C 3201.051, 3201.052, and 3201.053, renumbered as Saf-C 3202.05, 3202.06, and 3202.07

          Saf-C 3201.081 and 3201.082, renumbered as Saf-C 3202.12 and 3202.13

          Saf-C 3202.02, renumbered as Saf-C 3203.01

          Saf-C 3205.04(a)(8), renumbered as Saf-C 3206.04(a)(8)

          Saf-C 3223.01 through 3223.06, renumbered as Saf-C 3222.01 through 3222.06

 

PART Saf-C 3201  APPLICABILITY

 

Saf-C 3201.01  Applicability.  Unless otherwise stated in this chapter, these rules shall apply to passenger cars, trucks, combination vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers, motorcycles, farm and agricultural vehicles, antique vehicles and motorcycles, recreation vehicles, school buses, street rods and homemade vehicles.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3201.02.  Exemptions.

 

(a)  All vehicles owned by the federal government shall be exempt from these rules.

 

(b)  All new vehicles or chassis shall be exempt from these rules, provided that the new vehicle or chassis is not offered for sale to persons other than the distributor or dealer, as follows:

 

(1)  While in transit from a factory to a distributor or dealer;

 

(2)  While in transit from a distributor to a dealer;

 

(3)  While in transit from a dealer’s warehouse or storage facility to his/her place of business; or

 

(4)  Delivered with a certificate of origin, until sold at retail, pursuant to RSA 266:1, VIII.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

PART Saf-C 3202  DEFINITIONS

 

Saf-C 3202.01  Business location” means a permanent, enclosed commercial building located within this state, easily accessible and open to the public as indicated in the approved application, and at which the business of an inspection station can be lawfully carried on in accordance with the terms of all applicable building codes, zoning, and other land use regulatory ordinances.  Each business location shall clearly and conspicuously display the business name in letters no less than 10” in height unless prohibited by local zoning.

 

Source.  #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3202.02  Commissioner” means “commissioner” as defined in RSA 259:13.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16 (from Saf-C 3202.01)

 

Saf-C 3202.03  Department” means “department” as defined in RSA 259:19.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16 (formerly Saf-C 3202.02)

 

Saf-C 3202.04  Director” means “director” as defined in RSA 259:20.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16 (formerly Saf-C 3202.03)

 

          Saf-C 3202.05  Footprint” means the contiguous outside dimensions of a building.

 

Source.  #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3202.06  Homemade vehicle” means a vehicle made from various parts of other vehicles so that the serial number of the body frame does not reflect the vehicle’s identity.  The term includes “composite vehicle”, “reconstructed vehicle” and “kit car”.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07; ss by #9184, eff 6-20-08; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16 (from Saf-C 3202.04)

 

          Saf-C 3202.07  Light-duty truck” means any motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of  8,500 pounds or less, a vehicle curb weight of 6,000 pounds or less, no more than 2 axles as defined by RSA 259:50, and a basic vehicle frontal area of 45 square feet or less, which is:

 

          (a)  Designed primarily for transporting property or derivation of such a vehicle;

 

          (b)  Designed primarily for transporting persons and capable of seating more than 12 persons; or

 

          (c)  Available with special features enabling off-street or off-highway operation and use.

 

Source.  #7731, eff 7-26-02 (See Revision Note #2 at Chapter Heading for Saf-C 3200) (formerly Saf-C 3201.051); ss by #9184, eff 6-20-08; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16 (from Saf-C 3202.05)

 

          Saf-C 3202.08  Light-duty vehicle” means any passenger vehicle or derivation of such a vehicle capable of seating 12 persons or less.

 

Source.  #7731, eff 7-26-02 (See Revision Note #2 at Chapter Heading for Saf-C 3200) (formerly Saf-C 3201.052); ss by #9184, eff 6-20-08; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16 (from Saf-C 3202.06); ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16 (from Saf-C 3202.06)

 

          Saf-C 3202.09  Malfunction indicator light (MIL)” means the instrument panel light used by the on-board diagnostics system to notify the operator of an emissions related fault.

 

Source.  #7731, eff 7-26-02 (See Revision Note #2 at Chapter Heading for Saf-C 3200) (formerly Saf-C 3201.053); ss by #9184, eff 6-20-08; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16 (from Saf-C 3202.07)

 

Saf-C 3202. 10  Motorcycle-only inspection station” means an inspection station authorized by the department to conduct only motorcycle safety inspections pursuant to RSA 266:1, V-a and not required to conduct on-board diagnostics-II emission testing pursuant to RSA 266:59-b.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16 (from Saf-C 3202.08)

 

Saf-C 3202. 11  Motor vehicle inspection station” means an inspection station authorized by the department to conduct motor vehicle inspections pursuant to RSA 266:1.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16 (from Saf-C 3202.09)

 

Saf-C 3202. 12  Multipurpose passenger vehicle” means any motor vehicle, except a trailer, designed to carry 10 persons or less and which has a maximum height of 30 inches from the manufacturer, measured from the bottom of the frame rails of the vehicle.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16 (from Saf-C 3202.10)

 

Saf-C 3202.13  Multipurpose passenger vehicle", for purposes of the definition of school bus pursuant to Saf-C 3202.19, means a vehicle such as a van, station wagon and passenger vehicle of a type that is not designed as a school bus and has a rated passenger capacity of a maximum of 10 passengers including the driver. The term does not include a vehicle which has been equipped with seating to carry a maximum of 10 passengers but is manufactured solely for the transportation of cargo.

 

Source.  #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3202.14  Newly registered vehicle” means:

 

(a)  Any vehicle registered for the first time after an assignment of ownership;

 

(b)  Any vehicle registered by the same owner whose previous registration for that vehicle has been expired for a period of longer than one year; or

 

(c)  Any vehicle transferring its registration to New Hampshire from another state.  The term does not include registration renewals.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16 (from Saf-C 3202.11)

 

          Saf-C 3202.15  “Official inspection sticker” or “sticker” means, unless otherwise specified, all components of the adhesive decal indicating compliance with some or all applicable inspection laws and rules, including but not limited to the traditional colored backing and numerical monthly insert and the on-demand sticker comprised of an informational insert and on-demand sticker backing.

 

Source  #11016, eff 1-6-16 (from Saf-C 3202.11); ss by #12196, eff 10-1-17

 

          Saf-C 3202.16  “On-board diagnostics (OBD)” means the computer-based system required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in all 1996 and newer light-duty vehicles and trucks, designed to monitor the performance of certain major engine components, including those components responsible for controlling emissions.

 

Source.  #7731, eff 7-26-02 (See Revision Note #2 at Chapter Heading for Saf-C 3200) (formerly Saf-C 3201.081); ss by #9184, eff 6-20-08; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16 (from Saf-C 3202.12)

 

          Saf-C 3202.17  “On-board diagnostic scan tool” means a device used to communicate with the on-board diagnostics system and that complies with the requirements of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Recommended Practice J1978, April of 2002 and J1979, May of 2007, as specified in Appendix B.

 

Source.  #7731, eff 7-26-02 (See Revision Note #2 at Chapter Heading for Saf-C 3200) (formerly Saf-C 3201.082); ss by #9184, eff 6-20-08; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16 (from Saf-C 3202.13)

 

          Saf-C 3202.18  “On-demand sticker” means an official inspection sticker whose informational insert is printed on the VIR at the time that an inspection has demonstrated compliance with some or all applicable inspection laws and rules.

 

Source.  #12196, eff 10-1-17

 

Saf-C 3202.19  “Rake” means the angle, measured in degrees, of a motorcycle's steering axis in relation to a line which is perpendicular to the motorcycle’s wheelbase.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16 (from Saf-C 3202.14); renumbered by #12196 (from Saf-C 3202.18)

 

Saf-C 3202.20  “School bus" as defined in Saf-C 1302.01, means a motor vehicle or multipurpose passenger vehicle as defined in RSA 259:96 used for the transportation of pupils to any school or school related activity, and which has been issued identification indicating that it has been approved as a school bus, and meets the inspection requirements of RSA 266:7.  The term does not include a motor vehicle used by a parent to transport his/her children to any school, or school related activity.

 

Source.  #11016, eff 1-6-16; renumbered by #12196 (from Saf-C 3202.19)

 

          Saf-C 3202.21  “Mixed use school bus” means “mixed use school bus” as defined in RSA 259:96-a.

 

Source.  #11016, eff 1-6-16; renumbered by #12196 (from Saf-C 3202.20)

 

Saf-C 3202.22  “Street rod” means “street rod” as defined in RSA 259:106-a.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16 (from Saf-C 3202.15); renumberbed by #12195 (from Saf-C 3202.21)

 

          Saf-C 3202.23  “Supplier” means the contracted vendor for the department’s automated safety and emissions inspection program.

 

Source.  #12196, eff 10-1-17

 

Saf-C 3202.24  “Trail” means the distance measured in inches between the point at which the steering axis intersects with the ground in front of the motorcycle and the point at which the forward limit of the wheelbase intersects with the surface below the motorcycle.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16 (from Saf-C 3202.16); renumbered by #12193 (from Saf-C 3202.22)

 

Saf-C 3202.25  “Tread depth” means the amount of tread design on a tire including original, retread and recapped tread, and regrooved designs.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16 (from Saf-C 3202.17); renumbered by #12193 (from Saf-C 3202.23)

 

Saf-C 3202.26  “Vehicle inspection report” or “VIR” means the official, clearly legible, printed report approved by the department containing the test results for the safety and emissions inspection, as well as the on-demand sticker informational insert, when applicable.

 

Source.  #11016, eff 1-6-16 (from Saf-C 3202.17); renumbered by #12193 (from Saf-C 3202.24)

 

PART Saf-C 3203  GENERAL INSPECTION INFORMATION

 

          Saf-C 3203.01  Items to be Inspected.

 

          (a) The items to be inspected on a vehicle, which are described in detail in subsequent parts, shall include the following primary areas:

 

(1)  Registration, plates, registration certificate and vehicle identification number;

 

(2)  Steering and suspension;

 

(3)  Brakes, including parking brake;

 

(4)  Odometer and speedometer;

 

(5)  Electrical system, horn and defroster;

 

(6)  Lights and reflectors, including headlight aim;

 

(7)  Glass, glazing and mirrors;

 

(8)  Wipers;

 

(9)  Exhaust system;

 

(10) On-board diagnostics system;

 

(11)  Body, chassis and bumper height;

 

(12)  Fuel system; and

 

(13)  Tires and wheels.

 

Source.  (See Revision Note #1 at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #5250, eff 10-21-91; ss by #6603, INTERIM, eff 10-18-97, EXPIRES: 2-15-98; ss by #6664, eff 12-30-97; ss by #7731, eff 7-26-02 (See Revision Note #2 at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) (formerly Saf-C 3202.02); ss by #9184, eff 6-20-08; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3203.02  Manufacturer's Specifications.  All inspection stations shall utilize technical service manuals and other information pertaining to safety standards provided by the manufacturer in electronic or hard copy to determine the manufacturer's specifications for a particular vehicle.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3203.03  Inspection of Vehicles Owned by a Corporation or Other Entity.

 

(a)  The inspection of vehicles owned by a corporation, partnership or other legal entity shall be conducted during a month which is determined by using the first letter or number of the company name, except that annual inspection of government fleet vehicles shall be conducted in September.

 

(b)  For the purposes of (a) above, “company name” shall not include articles such as but not limited to, “the”, “a”, “as” and “an”, unless the article constitutes the entire company name.

 

(c)  The annual inspection, pursuant to RSA 266:1, III, shall be conducted as set forth in Table 3200.1.1 below:

 

Table 3200.1.1  Annual Inspection Schedule

 

Month

First Letter or Number of  Name

January

A-B; 1

February

C; 2

March

D-E; 3

April

F-G; 4

May

H-I; 5

June

J-K-L; 6

July

M; 7

August

N; 8

September

O-P-Q; 9; Government fleet

October

R-S; 0

November

T-U

December

V-W-X-Y-Z

 

(d)  The semi-annual inspection, pursuant to RSA 266:1, IX, shall be conducted as set forth in Table 3200.1.2 below:

 

Table 3200.1.2 Semi-Annual Inspection Schedule

 

Months

First Letter or Number of Corporate Name

January and July

A-B; 1

February and August

C; 2

March and September

D-E; 3

April and October

F-G; 4

May and November

H-I; 5

June and December

J-K-L; 6

July and January

M; 7

August and February

N; 8

September and March

O-P-Q; 9; Government fleet

October and April

R-S; 0

November and May

T-U

December and June

V-W-X-Y-Z

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3203.04  Early Inspection.

 

(a)  Pursuant to RSA 266:1, II-a, a mechanic shall be authorized to perform an early inspection of a vehicle if registration renewal will occur within the next 4 months, and the vehicle has a current valid registration.  The early inspection shall occur during the 3 months preceding the required month, but in no event shall an inspection sticker be issued for a period longer than 16 calendar months.

 

(b)  In the event the motor vehicle passes all the inspection requirements, the mechanic shall issue an inspection sticker with an expiration date of the birth month in the following year of the first person named on the registration application, or in accordance with Saf-C 3203.03.

 

(c)  For the purposes of (a) above, the owner may be a trust.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

PART Saf-C 3204  APPLICATION FOR OFFICIAL INSPECTION STATION

 

Saf-C 3204.01  Applicant.

 

(a)  An applicant for an inspection station shall be the owner of the business, or in the case of a corporation, partnership or other legal entity, a person with specific written authorization to sign the application.

 

(b)  The applicant shall be 18 years of age or older.

 

(c)  An applicant for a fleet inspection station shall own or lease at least 15 New Hampshire registered vehicles required to be inspected. Copies of all lease agreements shall be provided to the department, upon request.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3204.02  Application.  Except as provided by RSA 261:103-a, IX:

 

          (a)  An applicant for an inspection station shall submit a completed form RDMV 705 (rev. 2/18) to the department;

 

          (b)  An applicant shall sign and date the form, and in doing so, shall agree to the following:  “In consideration of our appointment as an Official Station, I, on behalf of all the owners, partners and officers listed as part of this application, do hereby agree to be familiar with, and abide by, all applicable statutes and inspection rules, to carefully inspect every motor vehicle presented for inspection; to make required adjustments and repairs when duly authorized by the owner at regular charges for such service and to use no unfair means in soliciting such work; to conduct the business in accordance with the inspection rules and regulations and to issue inspection stickers for motor vehicles only after testing them and finding them to be in passing, safe operating condition and in compliance with applicable statutes.  Further, I certify that we will issue inspection stickers to those vehicles which meet the requirements as applicable, and will not require the unnecessary replacement of parts. I further understand that a violation of any of the rules and regulations issued by the Director, Division of Motor Vehicles, will be deemed sufficient cause for an administrative hearing and penalties may be imposed.”

 

          (c)  A separate form RDMV 705 shall be filed for each place of business;

 

          (d)  Each owner, partner, and officers shall disclose any and all previous suspensions or revocations of inspection or dealer privileges from any jurisdiction;

 

          (e)  All corporate and trade business names shall be registered with the New Hampshire secretary of state per RSA 349:1;

 

          (f)  Unless the applicant is a sole proprietor, the applicant shall submit with the application a copy of a current certificate of good standing issued by the New Hampshire secretary of state;

 

          (g)  In the event that the applicant fails to comply with an applicable statute or rule, the application shall be denied; and

 

          (h)  The applicant will be notified of the reasons for the denial.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16; ss by #11135, eff 7-2-16; amd by #12339, EMERGENCY RULE, eff 7-21-17, EXPIRED: 1-17-18, reverting to (a) in #11135; form RDMV 705 in (a) amd by #12483

 

          Saf-C 3204.03  Specification of Type.

 

          (a)  The application shall state the following type of inspection station authorization requested:

 

(1)  Fleet;

 

(2)  Government;

 

(3)  Automobile;

 

(4)  Motorcycle; or

 

(5)  Replacement glass.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16; ss by #11135, eff 7-2-16

 

PART Saf-C 3205  APPROVAL PROCESS

 

          Saf-C 3205.01  Investigation.  An individual authorized by the director shall contact the applicant, at his/her place of business, to determine if the applicant meets the requirements of Saf-C 3206.01 through Saf-C 3206.04.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07; ss by #9184, eff 6-20-08; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3205.02  Local Notification and Approval.

 

          (a)  Upon receipt of a completed form RDMV 705 the department shall notify the town/city clerk in the municipality where the business is located.

 

          (b)  The department shall allow 10 working days for the local government to advise whether or not the applicant's business conforms with or is in conflict with existing zoning, building code or other land-use regulatory requirements.

 

          (c)  Except as provided by RSA 261:103-a, IX, in the event the local government fails to advise the department that the applicant is in compliance with the requirements of (b) above, a certificate of appointment shall not be issued until the department receives notification of compliance from the local government.

 

          (d)  In the event the local government advises the department that the applicant is not in compliance with the requirements of (b) above, a certificate of appointment shall not be issued, and the department shall notify the applicant, in writing, of the reason for denial

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3205.03  Attendance at Inspection Overview Session.

 

          (a)  All mechanics who seek approval to conduct inspections shall attend one department inspection overview session for each type of vehicle they intend to inspect at a time and location as determined by the Director. All mechanics shall be pre-registered for the overview session. Each mechanic may be required to attend a refresher session, as necessary.

 

          (b)  The director shall require any mechanic who has either demonstrated a lack of knowledge of inspection laws or rules or who has been found to have intentionally or knowingly violated inspection laws or rules, to attend the inspection overview session and/or undergo a mechanic field test in accordance with Saf-C 3205.04.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3205.04  Mechanic Practical Test.

 

          (a)  Following attendance at the inspection overview session, an individual authorized by the department shall contact those seeking approval to conduct inspections to schedule an appointment to conduct a practical test.

 

          (b)  The person shall demonstrate his/her ability to inspect a vehicle based upon the inspection criteria contained in these rules.

 

          (c)  Any mechanic who has not conducted inspections for a period longer than one year shall:

 

(1)  Attend the inspection overview session pursuant to Saf-C 3205.03; and

 

(2)  Meet the requirements of (b) above.

 

          (d)  A mechanic who has failed the practical test pursuant to (b) above shall have no more than 3 opportunities in a one-year period to successfully complete the field test.

 

          (e)  An applicant who has failed the practical test 3 times in a one-year period shall be permitted to retake the examination no sooner than one year from the date of the most recent failure.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07; amd by #9184, eff 6-20-08; paras. (b) & (c) EXPIRED: 6-22-15; ss by #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3205.05  Certificate of Appointment.

 

          (a)  A certificate of appointment shall be issued when the inspection station:

 

(1)  Meets local approval, pursuant to Saf-C 3205.02;

 

(2)  Meets the requirements of Saf-C 3205.01, 3204 and 3205;

 

(3)  Has an approved mechanic to conduct inspections, pursuant to Saf-C 3205.03 and Saf-C 3205.04; and

 

(4)  Pays the appropriate fee, pursuant to RSA 266:1, V(b).

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3205.06  Issuance of Certificate of Appointment.

 

          (a)  Upon approval of an application, a certificate of appointment, containing a designated station number, shall be issued to the inspection station.

 

          (b)  Except as otherwise provided by RSA 261:103-a, IX, no inspections shall be conducted unless a certificate of appointment has been issued and at least one approved mechanic is on duty.

 

          (c)  The inspection station shall prominently display the certificate of appointment to the public at all times.

 

          (d)  A certificate of appointment issued to a fleet inspection station shall be available upon request and authorize the station to inspect only those vehicles that are registered or leased to the fleet inspection station.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3205.07  Certificate of Appointment Not Transferred.

 

          (a)  Each certificate of appointment shall be limited to the person in whose name and place of business it has been issued.

 

          (b)  A certificate of appointment shall not be transferred to any other person, business or location and shall not be altered or modified in any manner.

 

          (c)  A certificate of appointment shall be presented to any individual authorized by the department upon demand or surrendered to the department, if required, after a hearing.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07; amd by #9184, eff 6-20-08; paras. (a) & (b) EXPIRED: 6-22-15; ss by #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3205.08  Renewal of Certificate of Appointment.

 

(a)  All inspection station certificates of appointment shall expire biennially on September 30th.

 

(b)  Each renewal for a certificate of appointment shall be received by the department prior to October 1 or on a date approved by the director.

 

(c)  Each inspection station shall:

 

(1)  Submit a completed form RDMV 705 to the department, pursuant to Saf-C 3204.02;

 

(2)  Return all completed and expired sticker books in accordance with Saf-C 3209.04 (d); and

 

(3)  Pay the appropriate fee, pursuant to RSA 266:1,V(b).

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3205.09  Approved Mechanic.

 

(a)  Each inspection station shall have at least one approved mechanic, pursuant to Saf-C 3205.03 and Saf-C 3205.04, to inspect vehicles.

 

(b)  A mechanic shall inspect only those types of vehicles for which he/she has been approved.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3205.10  Mechanic Approval Card.

 

          (a)  Each mechanic authorized to conduct inspections pursuant to Saf-C 3205.03 and Saf-C 3205.04 shall be issued a mechanic approval card, form DSMV 168.

 

          (b)  No mechanic approval card shall be issued to any person under the age of 18.

 

          (c)  A mechanic approval card shall be presented to any individual authorized by the department upon demand or surrendered to the department, if required, after a hearing.

 

          (d)  A mechanic approval card shall not be transferred to any other person, and shall not be altered or modified in any manner.

 

          (e)  A mechanic approval card shall expire in the event the mechanic has not conducted inspections per their certification for a period longer than one year.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07; amd by #9184, eff 6-20-08; paras. (a), (b), (d) & (e) EXPIRED: 6-22-15; ss by #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3205.11  Disqualification of Applicant.  For appointment as an official inspection station or approved mechanic, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

 

          (a)  An inspection station applicant shall have no previous record of felony criminal convictions for extortion, forgery, fraud related crimes, theft, or embezzlement in the past 10 years;

 

          (b)  Inspection station and mechanic applicants shall not have been suspended more than once for a violation of inspection laws or regulations in this or any other jurisdiction;

 

          (c)  An inspection station applicant shall not have had its authorization to operate as an inspection station revoked in this or any other jurisdiction;

 

          (d)  An inspection station applicant shall not have previously relocated or discontinued business without appropriate notification and surrendering of supplies; and

 

          (e)  Inspection station and mechanic applicants shall have paid any and all fines related to these rules in full.

 

Source.  #11016, eff 1-6-16; ss by #11018, EMERGENCY RULE, eff 1-7-16, EXPIRES: 7-5-16; ss by #11135, eff 7-2-16

 

PART Saf-C 3206  INSPECTION AREA AND EQUIPMENT

 

          Saf-C 3206.01  Inspection Area.

 

          (a)  The inspection area shall:

 

(1)  Be within an enclosed building;

 

(2)  Be in good repair;

 

(3)  Be maintained in a safe working condition for both employees and members of the public, in the event the public is allowed to enter the inspection area;

 

(4)  Be clear of all obstructions, including;

 

a.  Shelves;

 

b.  Work benches;

 

c.  Displays;

 

d.  Machinery; and

 

e.  Stairways;

 

(5)  Be wired for electricity in accordance with local code; and

 

(6)  Have a telephone line or internet connection, if reporting inspections electronically.

 

          (b)  Any anticipated alterations diminishing the condition or size of the inspection area shall be reported to the department, in writing, within 30 days prior to the alterations.

 

          (c)  The floor shall be a solid hard surface. Dirt or gravel floors shall not be allowed.

 

          (d)  Hoists and lifts shall be permitted in the inspection area if the equipment does not interfere with vehicle inspections.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3206.02  Inspection Area Requirements.

 

          (a)  Each inspection station shall:

 

(1)  Have a testing space that has no obstructions and is large enough for a mechanic to walk around a vehicle with its doors open;

 

(2)  Be a minimum of 12 feet by 25 feet in length, if the station inspects motor vehicles;

 

(3)  Be a minimum of 12 feet by 50 feet in length, if the station is equipped with a headlight testing screen or board; and

 

(4)  Be a minimum of 8 feet by 12 feet in length, if the station inspects only motorcycles, and have a compliant sound inspection area per Saf-C 3236.03.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3206.03  Location of Inspections.

 

          (a)  All inspections shall be conducted within the approved inspection area.

 

          (b)  Temporary methods, such as tents or sheds, utilized in order to obtain additional space, shall not be permitted.

 

          (c)  Off-site inspections, including the use of mobile units or vans, shall not be permitted.

 

          (d)  More than one DMV licensed business located in one enclosed building shall be clearly separated by a permanent physical wall. Each shall have an independent separate exterior entrance for the public.

 

          (e)  No more than one DMV licensed business shall be permitted within one business location without a clearly defined portion of space with definite boundaries and signage so as not to confuse the public.

 

          (f)  The prohibition in (e) above shall not apply to more than one DMV licensed business within one business location if the business name and owners are the same for both businesses.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16; ss by #11135, eff 7-2-16

 

          Saf-C 3206.04  Tools and Equipment.

 

          (a)  Each inspection station shall have the following tools and equipment:

 

(1)  A brake drum gauge and a brake rotor measuring device;

 

(2)  A gauging device to measure the thickness of brake pads and shoes;

 

(3)  A dial indicator capable of measuring suspension components including ball joints;

 

(4)  A lift or jack, capable of hoisting any vehicle the station is authorized to inspect;

 

(5)  Tools necessary for the proper assembly and disassembly of any parts, including:

 

a.  Hammers;

 

b.  Portable lights;

 

c.  Socket sets, including metric sizes;

 

d.  Wrenches, including open and box end; and

 

e.  Screwdrivers;

 

(6)  Headlight wall or board or commercially manufactured headlight aiming device capable of determining the proper headlight angle of all vehicles to be inspected;

 

(7)  Commercially recognized tint meter system, capable of measuring all aftermarket tinted windows if the station inspects vehicles with tinted glass;

 

(8)  Computer software and hardware authorized by the department, if conducting electronic safety inspections;

 

(9)  Any other tools necessary to conduct a proper vehicle inspection; and

 

(10) Tire tread depth gauge.

 

          (b) All required tools and equipment shall not be shared with other inspection stations.

 

Source.  (See Revision Note #1 at Chapter Heading for Saf-C 3200) #5250, eff 10-21-91; ss by #6603, INTERIM, eff 10-18-97, EXPIRES: 2-15-98; ss by #6664, eff 12-30-97; amd by #7731, eff 7-26-02 (para. (b)); amd by #8530, INTERIM, eff 12-24-05, EXPIRED: 6-22-06 (para. (a) and subparagraphs (b)(1)-(7)); amd by #8915, eff 6-22-07 (See Revision Note #2 at Chapter Heading for Saf-C 3200) (formerly Saf-C 3205.04); amd by #9184, eff 6-20-08; EXPIRED: 6-22-15 (para. (a) intro., (a)(1)-(7), and (a)(10)); ss by #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16; ss by #11018, EMERGENCY RULE, eff 1-7-16, EXPIRES: 7-5-16; ss by #11135, eff 7-2-16

 

PART Saf-C 3207  INSPECTION STATIONS

 

             Saf-C 3207.01  Days and Hours of Operation.

 

          (a)  For the purposes of this section, “regular business hours” means the days and hours identified in the approved application.

 

          (b)  Inspection stations shall be ready to conduct inspections during regular business hours.

 

          (c)  The hours of operation shall be posted in a conspicuous manner.

          (d)  Each inspection station shall be subject to random visits by an individual authorized by the department.

 

          (e)  Each business governed by these rules shall set forth its regular business hours on RDMV 705. The business owner shall promptly inform the department, in writing, of any changes in its regular business hours, except if the hours are being extended.

 

          (f)  An inspection station that will be temporarily closed for inspections for longer than one consecutive week at a time, shall notify the department, in writing, no later than 30 days prior to the date of temporary closure or immediately upon necessity of temporary closure due to unforeseen circumstances.

 

          (g)  An inspection station closed pursuant to (f) above, shall inform the department of the name and telephone number of at least one person who will be available during the period of closure for the department to contact, in the event it is necessary to do so.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3207.02  Change of Ownership.

 

          (a)  Each inspection station owner, partner, and officer listed on form RDMV 705 shall notify the department, in writing, of any pending change in the ownership of the business, no later than 30 days prior to the effective date.

 

          (b)  If all of the owners, partners and officers listed on form RDMV 705 are being changed, all unissued traditional colored backings and numerical monthly inserts, sticker stubs and books shall be surrendered to the department, and all on-demand sticker backings shall be surrendered to the supplier, immediately after the close of business on the last day of ownership, or the next business day, and a new application shall be submitted as required by Saf-C 3204.02.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16; ss by #12196, eff 10-1-17

 

          Saf-C 3207.03  Change of Location.

 

          (a)  Except as otherwise provided in RSA 261:103-a, IX, each inspection station owner, partner and officer listed on form RDMV 705 shall notify the department, in writing, of any pending change of business location, no later than 30 days prior to the effective date.

 

          (b)  A new application for appointment as an inspection station, form RDMV 705, shall be completed pursuant to Saf-C 3204.02, to reflect the proposed location of the business site.

 

          (c)  Upon receipt of a completed form RDMV 705, the procedures set forth in Saf-C 3205.01 and Saf-C 3205.02 shall be conducted.

 

          (d)  Except as otherwise provided in RSA 261:103-a, IX, no inspections shall be conducted at the new location until a new certificate of appointment is issued.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3207.04  Closing or Discontinuance of Business.

 

          (a)  Notwithstanding the provisions of RSA 261:103-a, IX, inspections shall cease in the event of the following:

 

(1)  The owner relocates without notification, vacates, abandons, or discontinues the inspection business;

 

(2)  The owner of the inspection station has died;

 

(3)  An inspection station's inspection privileges have been revoked after a hearing;

 

(4)  The fleet of vehicles falls below 15 New Hampshire registered vehicles;

 

(5)  All of the owners, partners, and officers listed on form RDMV 705 are being changed; or

 

(6)  An inspection station no longer has an approved mechanic.

 

          (b)  All unissued traditional colored backings and numerical monthly inserts, sticker stubs, and books shall be surrendered to the department, and all on-demand sticker backings shall be surrendered to the supplier, as soon as possible after any of the circumstances set forth in (a), above, occur, but at most by the close of the next business day.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16; ss by #12196, eff 10-1-17

 

          Saf-C 3207.05  Notice Required.

 

          (a)  The inspection station owner shall notify the department, in writing, of the following:

 

(1)  Lost, damaged or stolen inspection stickers, except that lost, damaged, or stolen on-demand sticker backings must be reported to the supplier;

 

(2)  Hiring or termination of an approved mechanic or person authorized to purchase inspection stickers;

 

(3)  Changes in the mailing address, but not in physical location of the station, that might affect mailings to the station by the department;

 

(4)  Any change in the company name, corporate structure, or ownership of the inspection station;

 

(5)  Any change that diminishes the physical dimensions of the inspection area;

 

(6)  Any change in local government approval pursuant to Saf-C 3205.02; or

 

(7)  The fleet of vehicles falls below 15 New Hampshire registered vehicles.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16; ss by #12196, eff 10-1-17

 

Saf-C 3207.06  Customer Relations.

 

          (a)  The inspection station shall provide the customer with an official vehicle inspection report (VIR) which contains the results of any safety inspection required by RSA 266 and these rules.

 

(b)  Permission shall be obtained from a vehicle owner before repairs are made which are necessary for a vehicle to pass inspection.

 

(c)  The vehicle owner shall be permitted to make his/her own repairs or to select any other inspection station for the necessary repairs.

 

(d)  All parts replaced as a result of an inspection shall be retained until the vehicle is returned to the owner.  The vehicle owner may inspect and take ownership of all replaced parts.

 

(e)  The vehicle owner shall be informed, in writing, of any parts which, although in passing condition, the mechanic believes might become unsafe before the next inspection period.

 

(f)  Inspection stations making repairs to inspected vehicles shall, upon the owner’s request, give a breakdown of the cost of any repairs required to pass the inspection prior to any work being performed, pursuant to RSA 358-D:2.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3207.07  Inspection of Out-of-State Vehicles.

 

          (a)  Any vehicle owned by a non-resident may, at the owner's request, be inspected by an authorized New Hampshire inspection station.

 

          (b)  Any vehicle inspected pursuant to (a) above shall be subject to the same inspection requirements and fees as a New Hampshire vehicle.

 

          (c)  The "out-of-state" block on the stub shall be marked.

 

          (d)  The sticker shall expire one year from the date of issuance.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

PART Saf-C 3208  SIGNS AND CERTIFICATES

 

          Saf-C 3208.01  Required Certificates and Signs.

 

(a)  Upon appointment, the inspection station owner shall prominently display the following certificates and signs to the public at all times:

 

(1)  A certificate of appointment for each type of inspection approved for the specific location;

 

(2)  Trade name shall be displayed clearly and conspicuously in letters no less than 10 inches in height, unless prohibited by local zoning; and such business signage shall be clearly visible from a traveling vehicle on the adjacent public way, unless an obstruction exists which cannot be remedied;

 

(3)  An official inspection station sign as set forth in Saf-C 3208.02; and

 

(4)  The inspection fee sign as set forth in Saf-C 3208.03.

 

          (b)  This section shall not apply to authorized fleet inspection stations.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3208.02  Description of Sign.

 

(a)  Each official inspection station sign shall:

 

(1)  Be single or double faced;

 

(2)  Bear the image of the Old Man of the Mountain;

 

(3)  Bear the words “Official Inspection Station”;

 

(4)  Be white with green lettering, numbers and border;

 

(5)  Be 22 inches in width by 20 ½ inches in height;

 

(6)  Contain the assigned inspection station number; and

 

(7)  Be visible from the exterior of the authorized location.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3208.03  Inspection Fee Sign.

 

(a)  Each sign shall be no less than 12 inches in height by 18 inches in length, bearing the words:

 

VEHICLE INSPECTION

FEE $________

 

(b)  Each letter and number shall be at least 2 inches in height with at least a 3/8 inch brush stroke.

 

(c)  Each inspection station shall enter the appropriate fee in the space provided.

 

(d)  More than one sign may be posted.

 

(e)  If the inspection fee includes a separate fee for an OBD-II inspection, the inspection station shall break down the 2 fees on one sign, pursuant to RSA 266:1, VII.  This sign shall not be subject to the requirements set forth in (b) above.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3208.04  Motorcycle Inspection Station Sign.

 

(a)  Each official motorcycle inspection station shall display a sign pursuant to Saf-C 3208.02(a) with the addition of the word "Motorcycle" on the bottom of the sign.

 

(b)  Each official motorcycle inspection station sign shall:

 

(1)  Be white with green lettering; and

 

(2)  Be 4 inches in height by 22 inches in length.

 

(c)  Each letter shall be no less than 2 ¼ inches in height with a ½ inch brush stroke.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

PART Saf-C 3209  OBTAINING INSPECTION STICKERS

 

          Saf-C 3209.01  Ordering Stickers and On-Demand Sticker Backings.

 

          (a)  All stickers shall be ordered, in writing, on form RDMV 967 (rev. 11/14), or similar form.  Electronic requests shall be accepted as long as the request contains the signature of a person authorized to order stickers.

 

          (b)  The written request pursuant to (a) above shall include the following:

 

(1)  Inspection station number;

 

(2)  Type of sticker requested:

 

a.  Motor vehicle stickers and year;

 

b.  Motorcycle stickers and year; or

 

c.  Monthly insert decals;

 

(3)  Name and address of business;

 

(4)  Number of stickers; and

 

(5)  Signature of person authorized pursuant to RDMV 967 to order stickers.

 

          (c)  Each inspection station shall allow a period of 10 days for requests to be processed.

 

          (d)  On-demand sticker backings shall be ordered directly through the supplier in accordance with contractual agreements between the supplier and inspection stations.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16; ss by #12196 eff 10-1-17

 

          Saf-C 3209.02  Counter Service.

 

          (a)  The department shall provide counter service in Concord or at any substation for inspection sticker purchases and to accept the return of unused stickers and sticker stub books.

 

          (b)  Inspection stickers shall be sold to persons authorized by the inspection station on the form set forth in Saf-C 3209.01. The names of additional persons authorized to purchase stickers shall be filed at the department, in writing.

 

          (c)  Each person authorized to purchase inspection stickers who appears at the counter shall provide proper identification before obtaining any stickers.

 

          (d)  For the purposes of (c) above, proper identification shall include:

 

(1)  Driver license;

 

(2)  Military card;

 

(3)  Passport; or

 

(4)  Non-driver identification card, as long it contains a photograph.

 

          (e)  Notwithstanding (c) above, inspection stickers shall be sold at the counter to persons not authorized on the prescribed form to purchase stickers, as long as the person produces a written request containing the signature of an authorized person, which is on file with the department.

 

          (f)  There shall be no counter service for on-demand stickers.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16; ss by #12196, eff 10-1-17

 

          Saf-C 3209.03  Payment.

 

          (a)  All inspection sticker purchases from the department shall be accompanied by the appropriate fee, pursuant to RSA 266:2.

 

          (b)  Payment shall be in the form of cash, check, money order, or accepted credit cards.

 

          (c)  Checks and money orders shall be made payable to the "State of New Hampshire - DMV". Alternative terms, including but not limited to “State of New Hampshire – Safety”, “New Hampshire Department of Safety”, “Treasurer – State of New Hampshire” or “Director of Motor Vehicles” shall not be cause for refusal, provided it does not lend itself to endorsement by any party other than the State of New Hampshire.

 

          (d)  Payments received without a written request or requisition for inspection stickers shall be returned unprocessed.

 

          (e)  Payment for on-demand sticker backings shall be submitted to the supplier in accordance with contractual agreements between the supplier and inspection stations.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16; ss by #12196, eff 10-1-17

 

          Saf-C 3209.04  Safekeeping and Security of Stickers.

 

          (a)  Each inspection station shall immediately report possible errors, misprints, skips in numbering, or missing stickers to the department, except that such reports for on-demand sticker backings shall be made to the supplier.

 

          (b)  Inspection stations shall not sell, loan, transfer or give stickers or on-demand sticker backings to any other station or location.

 

          (c)  Each inspection station shall account for every sticker and on-demand sticker backing issued to the station. Inspection stickers and on-demand sticker backings shall be maintained in a secured manner at the approved business location, and security shall be managed in such a way as to prevent theft and limit access, including but not limited to, inside a locked drawer, cabinet, or other device that is not easily moved or portable when not performing an inspection.

 

          (d)  Each station owner shall return completed sticker booklets to the department no later than 30 days following the removal of the last valid sticker from the book or upon expiration of the sticker year.

 

          (e)  All voided stickers shall be marked “void” and affixed to the rear portion of the respective mechanic’s stub.

 

          (f)  All voided on-demand sticker backings shall be destroyed in accordance with Saf-C 3245.05.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16; ss by #12196, eff 10-1-17

 

          Saf-C 3209.05  Control.  Inspection stickers shall only be affixed to the vehicle shown on the mechanic's work stub in the inspection booklet or to the vehicle for which the informational insert was printed in the VIR.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16; ss by #12196, eff 10-1-17

 

Saf-C 3209.06  Document Mailings.  The department shall assume no responsibility for sticker stubs or books received with postage due.  Inspection stations which make the mailings shall be responsible for full payment of postage.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3209.07  Credit for Unused Stickers.

 

          (a)  Unused traditional colored backings and numerical monthly inserts shall be turned in to the department for a credit voucher.

 

          (b)  Damaged traditional colored backings and numerical monthly inserts shall be returned to the department but no credit voucher shall be issued.

 

          (c)  No credit shall be allowed for traditional colored backings older than the previous inspection period.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3209.08  Issuance of New Stickers and On-Demand Sticker Backings.

 

          (a)  New stickers shall be issued in minimum quantities of one full book.

 

          (b)  A full book of motor vehicle stickers shall have 25 stickers.

 

          (c)  A full book of motorcycle stickers shall have 30 stickers.

 

          (d)  On-demand sticker backings shall be issued to inspection stations by the supplier based on usage volume in accordance with contractual agreements between the supplier and inspection stations.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16; ss by #12196, eff 10-1-17

 

          Saf-C 3209.09  Missing Stickers.

 

          (a)  In the event an inspection station owner discovers sticker(s) which are missing, he or she shall immediately notify and make a full report to the local police department.

 

          (b)  The notification in (a) above shall include:

 

(1)  The number of missing or stolen stickers; and

 

(2)  The number listed on each missing or stolen sticker.

 

          (c)  In addition to (a) above, the inspection station owner shall immediately contact the department and follow up in writing.

 

          (d)  In addition to (a) above, on-demand sticker backings shall be reported to the supplier electronically in accordance with contractual agreements between the supplier and inspection stations.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16; ss by #12196, eff 10-1-17

 

PART Saf-C 3210  INSPECTION OF VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND TIME FOR INSPECTION

 

Saf-C 3210.01  Verification of Information.

 

(a)  Prior to inspecting any vehicle, the mechanic shall examine the registration certificate, plates, vehicle description and vehicle identification number.  The mechanic shall advise the owner of any error.

 

(b)  The mechanic shall examine the registration certificate of any homemade vehicle to ensure the certificate shows the vehicle is registered as a composite and that the vehicle has a state issued vehicle identification number originating from any jurisdiction.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3210.02  Correction of Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

 

(a)  If the VIN on the registration certificate does not match the VIN on the vehicle, the mechanic shall:

 

(1)  Make corrections to the VIN on the registration certificate of up to 3 digits or 3 letters, by drawing a slash “ / ” mark through the incorrect digit or letter and placing the correct digit or letter above or below it;

 

(2)  Complete a correction slip, form RDMV 320, and place it in a separate envelope marked “VIN corrections” to be forwarded to the department; and

 

(3)  Furnish the following on form RDMV 320:

 

a.  Plate number and type;

 

b.  Expiration date of plate;

 

c.  Owner's name, address and date of birth;

 

d.  Vehicle make, model and year;

 

e.  Incorrect VIN;

 

f.  Correct VIN;

 

g.  Mechanic’s name, signature and date signed; and

 

h.  Inspection station name and address.

 

(b)  If more than 3 digits or 3 letters are incorrect on the VIN, corrections shall be made by the department.  No inspection sticker shall be issued until the VIN has been corrected.

 

          (c)  In the event a vehicle identification number plate is missing or has been tampered with, for example, is missing pop rivets, the mechanic shall reject the vehicle and notify the department.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16; ss by #11135, eff 7-2-16

 

Saf-C 3210.03  Registration Plates.

 

(a)  The mechanic shall inspect the registration plates and reject the vehicle if it fails to meet any of the following:

 

(1)  The registration plates shall be securely mounted on the exterior of the vehicle in the locations provided by the manufacturer.  Vehicles which display special number plates pursuant to RSA 261:91 shall be inspected even though the registration certificate reflects a different number;

 

(2)  When 2 registration plates are issued, one shall be mounted on the front of the vehicle and the second shall be mounted on the rear;

 

(3)  If no location has been provided by the manufacturer, the registration plates shall be securely mounted with a bracket or comparable method in a visible location, and the rear plate shall be illuminated by a white license plate light when the headlights or parking lights are on;

 

(4)  The mounting of registration plates shall not be inverted;

 

(5)  If the ball of a trailer hitch is mounted in a manner that obscures the numbers or characters on the rear plate, the ball shall be removed or inverted so that the plate is not obscured;

 

(6) In accordance with the provisions of RSA 261:75, II the numbers, characters or identification of the plates as New Hampshire plates shall not be covered up or obscured; and

 

(7)  The color of the registration plates shall be the color issued by the department.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3210.04  International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) Validation Stickers.

 

(a)  A qualified motor vehicle which operates in New Hampshire and at least one other jurisdiction shall be rejected if it does not display valid IFTA stickers on the driver side and passenger side door.

 

(b)  For the purposes of (a) above, “qualified motor vehicle” means a motor vehicle which is used, designed or maintained for transportation of persons or property and which:

 

(1)  Has 2 axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight in excess of 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms;

 

(2)  Has 3 or more axles; or

 

(3)  Is used in combination, when the gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight of such combination is in excess of 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms.

 

          (c)  For the purposes of (a) above, “qualified motor vehicle” shall not include recreation vehicles.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3210.05  Time for Inspection.

 

(a)  Unless specifically stated otherwise in these rules, all passenger vehicles shall be inspected annually during the owner’s month of birth or the month set forth in Saf-C 3203.02, for a corporation. Pursuant to Saf-C 3203.04, early inspections shall include the required month of registration and 3 preceding months not to exceed 16 months.

 

(b)  Recreation vehicles, as defined in RSA 259:84-a, shall be inspected annually, no later than June 30 of each year.

 

(c)  Notwithstanding (a) and (b) above, newly registered passenger and recreation vehicles shall be inspected within 20 days from the date of registration, pursuant to RSA 266:1, IV.

 

          (d)  Notwithstanding (a) and (b) above, all new vehicles purchased at retail from a licensed dealer shall be inspected no later than 20 days after the date of transfer, pursuant to RSA 266:1, IV.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

PART Saf-C 3211  WHEELS AND TIRES

 

Saf-C 3211.01  Fabric Breaks, Cuts and Blowout Repairs.

 

(a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if a tire has:

 

(1)  A fabric break;

 

(2)  A cut, break or weather crack which is:

 

a.  In excess of one inch in any direction as measured on the outside of the tire; and

 

b.  Deep enough to reach the body cords;

 

(3)  Temporary repairs made with blowout patches or boots;

 

(4)  Any bumps, bulges or knots related to separation or partial failure of the tire structure; or

 

(5)  Any portion of the ply or cord structure exposed through the tread.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3211.02  Tread Depth.  A vehicle shall be rejected if the tread depth measured in a major tread groove nearest the center of the tire is less than 2/32 inch or 4/32 inch on the front axles of any vehicle with a gross vehicle weight in excess of 10,000 pounds.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3211.03  Regrooved Tires Prohibited.  Pursuant to RSA 266:47, a vehicle shall be rejected if it is equipped with one or more regrooved tires.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3211.04  Prohibited Tires, Mis-Matching.

 

(a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if:

 

(1)  Radial and bias-ply tires are on the same axle;

 

(2)  Different tire sizes are on the same axle, except for U.S. and metric sizes of compatible construction, dimensions and load capacity; or

 

(3)  Tires are marked "for farm use only", "off highway use only", or "racing only".

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3211.05  Wheel Condition.

 

          (a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if:

 

(1)  Wheel bolts, studs or lugs are loose, missing or damaged; or

 

(2)  The wheel is bent, cracked, re-welded, damaged, or has elongated bolt holes, and this affects the safe operation of the vehicle; or

 

(3)  Any other defect that affects the safe operation of the vehicle.

 

          (b)  If a vehicle of any kind, including passenger vehicles, vans, light-duty trucks, trucks, buses and multipurpose passenger vehicles, is equipped with an exterior spare tire carrier, the vehicle shall fail inspection requirements if:

 

(1)  Upon visual inspection, the spare tire/wheel assembly or carrier is not securely fastened to the vehicle; or

 

(2)  The spare tire/wheel assembly or carrier is cracked or rusted to the degree that it might allow the spare tire or wheel to become unattached or fall off the vehicle.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07; ss by #10189, eff 9-27-12

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

          Saf-C 3211.06  Tire Width.

 

(a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if the width of any tire or wheel assembly extends beyond the original manufacturer's specified fender lines, except in the case of passenger vehicles in which the fender line has been extended by using metal, rigid fiberglass or rigid rubber wheel-well extensions.

 

(b)  Pursuant to RSA 266:57, if not equipped with proper fenders, a vehicle shall be rejected if not equipped with fender guards or flaps which prevent the throw, splash, spray of water, dirt or other matter upward or to the rear.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3211.07  Steering, Alignment and Suspension.

 

(a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if:

 

(1)  A steering or suspension component or any connecting part does not at least meet the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications;

 

(2)  On the bounce test, the vehicle continues to oscillate for more than 2 cycles;

 

(3)  The suspension has been altered, and the bottom edge of the horizontal bumper bar:

 

a.  Is less than 16 inches or more than 20 inches above level ground on a passenger vehicle;

 

b.  Is less than 16 inches or more than 30 inches above level ground on a multipurpose passenger vehicle and light-duty truck; or

 

c.  Is less than 16 inches or more than 30 inches to the bottom of the front or rear frame rails of a light-duty truck, measured where the bumpers would be attached by the manufacturer;

 

(4)  The vehicle is misaligned from component looseness or suspension damage that affects the safe operation of the vehicle;

 

(5)  The wheel camber, caster or toe-in exceed the manufacturer's specifications, that affects the safe operation of the vehicle;

 

(6)  Steering wheel lash or free-play exceeds 3 inches of total movement at steering wheel rim or 2 inches on power-steering equipped vehicles, before the front wheels or the steering wheel moves, except those designed for handicapped operators, is not circular or equivalent in size and material strength as approved by the manufacturer;

 

(7)  The front wheels cannot be turned from full right to full left lock without binding or interference;

 

(8)  Shear capsule, if so equipped, on energy-absorbing steering column is separated from bracket, there is general looseness of the steering wheel and column or the steering wheel and column can be moved as a unit;

 

(9)  Steering gear, component part, or mounting is loose;

 

(10)  Electronic steering component is faulty;

 

(11)  Power steering fluid is below minimum level indicated by manufacturer; 

 

(12)  Any power steering system component exhibits an active fluid leak which could result in failure; or 

 

(13) Visual observation reveals excessive dry rot, or cracks on the hose or belt, or foreign contaminant on a belt, which could result in failure;

 

(14)  Steering linkage free-play exceeds the manufacturer’s specifications or is:

 

a.  In excess of 1/4 inch, for wheels 16 inches or less in diameter;

 

b.  In excess of 3/8 inch, for wheels 17 or 18 inches in diameter; and

 

c.  In excess of 1/2 inch, for wheels over 18 inches in diameter;

 

(15)  Any wheel bearing exceeds the manufacturer's tolerance for looseness; or

 

(16)  Any ball joint is broken, cracked or exceeds manufacturer’s specifications.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

PART Saf-C 3212  BRAKES

 

Saf-C 3212.01  Wheels.  When inspecting brakes, the authorized mechanic shall remove at least one front and one rear wheel. If the authorized mechanic detects or suspects a problem with one or more of the brakes, all 4 wheels must be removed and inspected.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3212.02  Brakes.

 

(a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if:

 

(1)  The brakes do not have adequate stopping power;

 

(2)  Any wheel fails to indicate braking action;

 

(3)  Brake pedal travel shows that:

 

a.  Less than 1/5 of the total service brake pedal travel remains when the pedal is depressed and held;

 

b.  On front disc-equipped vehicles, the dashboard warning light illuminates; or

 

c.  On drum brake-equipped vehicles, the pedal height cannot be maintained for 10 seconds with moderate foot-force;

 

(4)  Brake warning indicator light:

 

a.  Fails to light up when ignition is turned on;

 

b.  Fails to go out when engine is started;

 

c.  Lights up when brake pedal is depressed; or

 

d.  Parking brake light fails to light up, if the vehicle is so equipped;

 

(5)  ABS warning indicator light (if so equipped):

 

a.  Fails to light up when ignition is turned on;

 

b.  Fails to go out when engine is started; or

 

c.  Lights up when brake pedal is depressed;

 

(6)  Parking brake:

 

a.  Does not hold the vehicle with engine slightly accelerated in low gear; and

 

b.  The pedal or lever reaches its limit before the brakes are set;

 

(7)  On 4 wheel disc brake equipped vehicles:

 

a.  Separate parking brake linings are loose, worn out or soaked with grease, oil or fluids; or

 

b.  Drums are cracked, broken or damaged;

 

(8)  Bonded linings on brake shoes or pads are less than 2/32 inch thick, when measured at the thinnest point;

 

(9) Wire in wire-backed linings is visible on the friction surface;

 

(10)  Riveted linings on the brake shoes or disc brake pads are worn to within 2/32 inch of any rivet head;

 

(11)  Rivet(s) on the brake lining are loose or missing or the lining is not securely fastened to the shoe or pads;

 

(12)  Brake lining is broken, loose or cracked more than ½ way through the total thickness of the brake lining, except in the case of bonded linings which are cracked but are not loose from the brake shoes;

 

(13)  Lining surface is contaminated with foreign material so that it interferes with operation of the brake;

 

(14)  Any brake drum or disc:

 

a.  Shows evidence of mechanical damage other than wear;

 

b.  Has contaminants including, but not limited to, rust, pitting, delamination, oil, grease, or any other substance on the friction surface that would affect proper brake operation;

 

c.  Has cracks on the friction surface extending to the open edge or on the outside of the drum, particularly at the drum mounting area;

 

d.  Has a broken disc;

 

e.  Has cracks on the friction surface extending to the open edge on a disc;

 

f.  Has defective grease retainers;

 

g.  Is worn below the manufacturer’s specifications; or

 

h.  Has thickness less than the minimum which is stamped on the assembly;

 

(15)  The inside diameter of the brake drum exceeds the maximum diameter stamped on the drum or is greater than manufacturer specifications for unmarked drums;

 

(16)  Fluid is leaking from the master cylinder, calipers, wheel cylinders, or parts are missing, improperly retained or not in good working condition;

 

(17)  Hydraulic fluid in master cylinder reservoir is more than ½ inch below lowest edge of filler opening in either reservoir chamber, or is below minimum level indicated by manufacturer on reservoir.  Passenger cars with disc front and drum rear brakes and dual master cylinders shall indicate wear on disc brake pads if fluid level is lower in the large reservoir only;

 

(18)  Hydraulic hoses, tubing or connections are leaking, chaffed, restricted, crimped, cracked, broken, corroded, flattened or insecurely fastened;

 

(19)  Any mechanical linkage parts are missing, broken, badly worn or seized;

 

(20)  There is high friction in the brake pedal and linkage or in the brake components;

 

(21)  Brake operating levers are improperly positioned or misaligned;

 

(22)  On vacuum booster power brakes:

 

a.  Any hose or tube is leaking, collapsed, broken, badly chafed or improperly supported;

 

b.  Any clamp is loose, missing or broken; or

 

c.  The service brake pedal does not move slightly when the engine is started; or

 

(23)  On hydraulic booster power brakes:

 

a.  There is insufficient fluid in the power steering pump or reservoir;

 

b.  There are broken, kinked or restricted fluid lines or hoses;

 

c.  There is any leakage of fluid at the pump; steering gear, brake booster or

any lines or hoses;

 

d.  Belts are missing or visual observation reveals excessive dry rot, or cracks on the hose or belt, or foreign contaminant on  a belt, which could result in failure; or

 

e.  While applying pressure to brake pedal, no action is felt in the service brake pedal when the engine is started.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

PART Saf-C 3213  INSTRUMENTATION

 

Saf-C 3213.01  Odometer.

 

(a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if the odometer:

 

(1)  Has been tampered with or removed; or

 

(2)  Does not work.

 

(b)  Pursuant to RSA 266:60, if the vehicle was manufactured after January 1, 1972, the odometer shall be tamper resistant.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3213.02  Speedometer.

 

(a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if the speedometer:

 

(1)  Has been tampered with or removed; or

 

(2)  Does not work.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3213.03  Reverse Gear and Parking Position.

 

(a)  Passenger vehicles, trucks and buses shall have a functional reverse gear which enables the vehicle to be backed under power.

 

(b)  A vehicle equipped with an automatic transmission shall be rejected if the vehicle moves on a grade while in the "park" position.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

PART Saf-C 3214  ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

 

Saf-C 3214.01  Horn.

 

(a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if the horn:

 

(1)  Is not securely fastened;

 

(2)  Cannot be heard by a person 200 feet from the vehicle; or

 

(3)  Does not work.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3214.02  Starter Safety Switch.  A vehicle manufactured with a starter safety switch shall be rejected if the starter operates when the gear selector is in any gear other than park or neutral. A manual transmission vehicle manufactured with a starter safety switch shall be rejected if the vehicle starts without engaging the clutch.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3214.03  Electrical System.  A vehicle shall be rejected if any portion of the electrical system shows signs of burning, short-circuiting or bare or uninsulated wires.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

PART Saf-C 3215  LIGHTS AND LIGHTING

 

Saf-C 3215.01  Turn Signal Lamp Systems.

 

(a)  Pursuant to RSA 266:42, all vehicles manufactured after January 1, 1952 shall have turn signal lamps.

 

(b)  A vehicle shall be rejected if any turn signal lamp or operating unit:

 

(1)  Is not a type compatible with the original equipment.

 

(2)  Is not in the position designated by the manufacturer;

 

(3)  Does not function properly;

 

(4)  Is not properly directed;

 

(5)  Is obscured; or

 

(6)  Has a self-canceling mechanism that does not function properly.

 

          (c)  Replacement lamp assemblies shall have a minimum light output and projection equal to or greater than vehicle’s original equipment.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3215.02  Emergency Lights.

 

(a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if:

 

(1)  The emergency lights are not the proper color for the type of vehicle, pursuant to (c) below;

 

(2)  The emergency lights are not located in the proper position and location, pursuant to (d) below;

 

(3)  The owner is not entitled to have the vehicle equipped with emergency lights; or

 

(4)  The vehicle is not authorized to be equipped with emergency lights pursuant to (b) below;

 

(b)  The following vehicles may be equipped with emergency lights of the appropriate color, pursuant to (c) below:

 

(1)  Fire department vehicles;

 

(2)  Police cruisers;

 

(3)  Public or private ambulances;

 

(4)  Vehicles of volunteer firefighters;

 

(5)  Vehicles of volunteer ambulance drivers;

 

(6)  Non-transporting advanced life support paramedic-response units equipped with communications equipment and specialized medical equipment;

 

(7)  Law enforcement vehicles;

 

(8)  Private vehicles of law enforcement officers;

 

(9)  Forestry department vehicles;

 

(10)  Vehicles of the director of the office of emergency management;

 

(11)  Vehicles of the oil spill emergency response unit, the hazardous waste emergency response unit and the air toxics emergency response unit of the department of environmental services;

 

(12)  Vehicles of the emergency response unit of the department of health and human services, specifically approved to have red lights by the commissioner of health and human services;

 

(13)  Vehicles of hospital emergency personnel; and

 

(14)  Vehicles of the office of fire marshal.

 

(c)  The approved color of emergency lights shall be as follows:

 

(1)  Red lights and white or clear colored strobe lights for:

 

a.  Fire departments;

 

b.  Volunteer members of fire departments;

 

c.  Forestry departments;

 

d.  Director of the office of emergency management;

 

e.  Public or private ambulances;

 

f.  Volunteer ambulances and non-transporting advanced life support paramedic response units equipped with communications equipment and specialized medical equipment;

 

g.  Vehicles of the oil spill emergency response unit, the hazardous waste emergency response unit and the air toxics emergency response unit of the department of environmental services;

 

h.  Vehicles of the emergency response unit of the department of health and human services, specifically approved to have red lights by the commissioner of health and human services;

 

i.  Vehicles of hospital emergency personnel; and

 

j.  Vehicles of the office of fire marshal; and

 

(2)  Blue lights, red lights, and white or clear colored strobe lights for:

 

a.  Law enforcement vehicles;

 

b.  Police cruisers; and

 

c.  Private vehicles of law enforcement officers, in accordance with the requirements of RSA 266:78.

 

(d)  The approved position and location for emergency lights shall be as follows:

 

(1)  Emergency lights shall be mounted on the roofs of vehicles unless otherwise permitted below;

 

(2)  Single-face emergency lights shall be mounted on the front, rear or sides of vehicles;

 

(3)  When mounted on the front of vehicles, single face emergency lights shall be no less than 12 inches from the surface of the road;

 

(4)  Dash mounted emergency lights shall be prohibited if they obstruct or in any way impair the driver's vision;

 

(5)  Rear-facing emergency lights may be mounted on the rear window ledges of a vehicle if they do not obstruct the driver's view to the rear; and

 

(6)  Emergency lights combined with sirens to form a single unit may be mounted on the front bumpers or on the vehicle's roof.

 

(e)  A mechanic shall request written authorization issued by the appropriate department or entity in order to verify that a person is currently permitted to have his/her vehicle equipped with emergency lights pursuant to this section.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07; amd by #9184, eff 6-20-08; EXPIRED: 6-22-07 (except for (b)(12) and (c)(1)h.); ss by #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3215.03  Warning Lights.

 

(a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if:

 

(1)  The warning lights are not the proper color for the type of vehicle, pursuant to (c) below; or

 

(2)  The warning lights are not located in the proper position and location, pursuant to Saf-C 3215.02(d).

 

(b)  The following vehicles may be equipped with warning lights of the appropriate color, pursuant to (c) below:

 

(1)  Private snow removal vehicles;

 

(2)  Public works departments;

 

(3)  Public utility companies;

 

(4)  Wreckers or other roadside service vehicles;

 

(5)  Postal services vehicles;

 

(6)  Vehicles of the office of emergency management;

 

(7)  Private construction companies;

 

(8)  State, city or town highway departments or security vehicles;

 

(9)  Funeral escort and lead vehicles;

 

(10)  Escort vehicles for loads with overweight dimensions;

 

(11)  Vehicles set forth in RSA 266:45-a;

 

(12)  Vehicles of the department of transportation;

 

(13)  Private security vehicles; and

 

(14)  Any other vehicle authorized by the director to be equipped with warning lights.

 

(c)  The approved color of warning lights shall be as follows:

 

(1)  Amber for:

 

a.  Private snow removal vehicles;

 

b.  Public works departments;

 

c.  Public utility companies;

 

d.  Wreckers or other roadside service vehicles;

 

e.  Postal services vehicles;

 

f.  Vehicles of the office of emergency management;

 

g.  Private construction companies;

 

h.  State, city or town highway departments or security vehicles;

 

i.  Escort vehicles for loads with overweight dimensions;

 

j.  Vehicles of the department of transportation; and

 

k.  Private security vehicles;

 

(2)  Purple for funeral escort and lead vehicles; and

 

(3)  Amber and white for vehicles set forth in RSA 266:45-a.

 

(d)  The approved position and location for warning lights shall be as set forth in Saf-C 3215.02(d).

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3215.04  Lamp Function.

 

(a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if:

 

(1)  Any bulb, sealed beam unit or lamp fails to light or does not function properly;

 

(2) Any bulb, sealed beam unit, lamp or reflector does not meet the manufacturer's specifications or violates federal motor vehicle safety standards;

 

(3)  Any LED headlamp is not 100 percent functional or any other LED lamp is more than 25 percent inoperable;

 

(4)  The back-up light system does not turn off automatically when the vehicle is moved forward, if the light system is designed to turn off and if the vehicle is so equipped;

 

(5)  Any lamp shows a color inconsistent with the following:

 

a.  Headlamps shall show a white light when shined against a white surface;

 

b.  Colored headlamps, covers or tinted lenses shall not be permitted;

 

c.  License plate lamps shall show a white light;

 

d.  Directional signals shall show an amber or white light to the front and an amber or red light to the rear;

 

e.  Tail and brake lamps shall show a red light; and

 

f.  Clearance lamps shall show a red light to the rear and an amber light to the front;

 

(6)  Any lamp or reflector does not direct light in the proper direction;

 

(7)  Auxiliary equipment is placed on or in front of any lamp, except that a plow frame may be placed in front of a headlamp;

 

(8)  Any lamp assembly, or any portion thereof, is improperly fastened or installed;

 

(9)  Any lamp has a cracked, broken or missing lens or reflex reflector;

 

(10)  Equipped with snowplow lamps higher than 42 inches above level ground, measured at lamp center, which throws a beam of light which has a top edge higher than 42 inches, measured 75 feet forward of the vehicle;

 

(11)  Equipped with snowplow lamps that do not have high and low beams or are wired to allow operation of vehicle lamps and plow lamps at the same time;

 

(12)  Replacement lamps or component parts are not a type compatible with the manufacturer's original equipment; or

 

(13)  Any headlight is not 100 percent functional.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3215.05  Auxiliary Driving Lamps and Fog Lamps.

 

(a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if:

 

(1)  Equipped with more than 3 forward facing auxiliary driving lamps or fog lamps;

 

(2)  The auxiliary driving lamps or fog lamps are lower than 12 inches or higher than 42 inches above level ground, measured at lamp center; or

 

(3)  Off road, roof or roll bar mounted lights are not covered to prevent light beams from being thrown while operating on a way.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

PART Saf-C 3216  HEADLAMP AIM

 

Saf-C 3216.01  Headlight Aim.

 

(a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if:

 

(1)  A commercially manufactured aimer shows the headlight beam is not straight ahead and 2 degrees down; or

 

(2)  A headlight board shows the headlight beam is not straight ahead and less than 2 inches lower than the horizontal center line of the board, measured 25 feet from the headlamps; or

 

(3)  Headlight aim is unachievable due to fogging or glazing of the lens or reflector.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3216.02  Auxiliary Driving Light/Fog Lamp Aim.  A vehicle shall be rejected if the aim of the high intensity zone of the auxiliary driving lamps or fog lamps exceeds the limits imposed on the aim of the high intensity zone of the respective headlamp low beam.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

PART Saf-C 3217  GLASS AND GLAZING

 

Saf-C 3217.01  Glass and Glazing Required.  All glass and glazing material shall comply with the requirements of RSA 265:95 and RSA 266:58-a.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3217.02  Unauthorized Materials on Windows.

 

          (a)  No sign, poster, sticker, or other non-transparent material shall be permitted on the windshield, side glass, or rear window except as follows:

 

(1)  Official inspection stickers which are placed in accordance with Saf-C 3245.06(b)(3);

 

(2)  Privilege stickers, such as naval base, military installation, road use tax, university or college parking or police department shall be placed on the windshield or any window ahead of the rear part of the driver's seat and not more than 3 inches in length or width;

 

(3)  Any stickers or decals required by federal law on new or used cars, in the possession of a dealer;

 

(4)  Official electronic toll collection transponders which are placed in an authorized position on the windshield; or

 

(5)  Stickers or other nontransparent material shall be permitted on a rear window if the vehicle is equipped with exterior rearview mirrors on the right and left side of the vehicle that provide the driver with a clear and unobstructed view of the way to the rear of the vehicle and the stickers or other nontransparent material are attached along the perimeter of the rear window in such a
manner that the inside rearview mirror provides a view of the way to the rear of the vehicle through the center portion of the rear window.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16; amd by #12196, eff 10-1-17

 

Saf-C 3217.03  Safety Glass.  Pursuant to RSA 266:58, any vehicle manufactured on or after January 1, 1936, shall be equipped with safety glass, marked with the proper code number, AS 1, AS 10 or DOT code number, and shall have safety glass installed whenever replacement is required.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3217.04  Outside Rear View Mirrors.

 

(a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if the left hand outside rear view mirror or the right hand outside mirror, if so equipped:

 

(1)  Is not in the correct location on the vehicle;

 

(2)  Is not firmly mounted;

 

(3)  Has cracks;

 

(4)  Extends to the left of the vehicle body more than necessary; or

 

(5)  Does not afford a clear view of the road to the rear of the vehicle.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3217.05  Inside Rear View Mirror.

 

(a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if the inside rearview mirror:

 

(1)  Is loose, so that the driver’s rear vision is impaired;

 

(2)  Is located in a position that does not give the driver a clear view of the road at least 200 feet to the rear of the vehicle;

 

(3)  Is cracked or broken;

 

(4)  Has sharp edges; or

 

(5)  Does not stay in position when adjusted.

 

(b)  If the rear of the vehicle is blocked, the vehicle shall be exempt from having a rearview mirror, as long as the vehicle is equipped with outside mirrors on the left and the right.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3217.06  Tinted Glass.

 

(a)  A vehicle with tinted glass shall be rejected if:

 

(1) The vehicle has aftermarket tinting on the windshield or on the windows to the left or right of the driver unless a medical waiver has been obtained pursuant to Saf-C 2500; or

 

(2)  The light transmittance of aftermarket tinted windows to the rear of the driver is less than 35 percent or as set forth in RSA 266:58-a.

 

(b)  Aftermarket perforated window film and wraps shall be authorized provided that:

 

(1)  There is a clear view from the interior to the exterior;

 

(2)  Light transmittance is not less than 35 percent measured from the interior to the exterior;

 

(3)  Such film or wraps are not installed on the windshield or on the windows left and right of the driver; and

 

(4)  If such film or wraps are installed on windows to the rear of the driver, outside rear view mirrors are installed on both the left and right side of the vehicle for the use of the driver and a front seat passenger.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3217.07  Blinds.

 

(a)  A rigid venetian blind shall be permitted on the rear-most window of a vehicle if attached

so that there is no possibility of the blind shifting.

 

(b)  The blind shall be designed so that it permits a clear vision of the road and cannot be closed.

 

(c)  The blind shall be made of a material that will not reflect a shadow which interferes with or distorts the driver’s rear vision.

 

(d)  Outside rear view mirrors shall be required on both the left and right side of the vehicle for the use of the driver and a front seat passenger.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3217.08  Curtains.  Curtains shall be permitted on any window other than the windshield and windows to the right and left of the driver, as long as the vehicle is equipped with outside mirrors on the left and the right side of the driver, which affords a clear view of the road to the rear of the vehicle.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3217.09  Plastic Glazing and Plexiglass.

 

(a)  Rigid plastic glazing, such as “Plexiglass” or “Lexan” shall be permitted in the windows of trucks and other vehicles in which the windows are frequently broken.

 

(b)  Rigid plastic glazing shall be replaced when it becomes scratched, clouded or worn to the extent that the driver’s vision is limited or obscured.

 

(c)  Rigid plastic glazing shall not be permitted unless it meets the requirements set forth in 49 CFR 393.60.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3217.10  Cracked or Chipped Glass.

 

(a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if the glass or glazing on the windshield:

 

(1)  Has become clouded, shattered or cracked, inside or outside, in the path of the wiper blades, or more than 2 inches, outside the path of the wiper blades;

 

(2)  Is cracked on one side, through to the plastic center; or

 

(3)  Is cracked or chipped directly through from the inside to the outside.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3217.11  Defroster.  Pursuant to RSA 266:56, any vehicle manufactured after January 1, 1947, shall be rejected if not equipped with a functional defroster capable of melting snow and ice on the windshield.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3217.12  Windshield Wipers.

 

(a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if:

 

(1)  The wiper blades fail to clear the windshield, so that the driver’s vision is limited or obscured;

 

(2)  The rubber section of the wiper blade is worn or missing;

 

(3)  The wiper does not have 2 or more functioning speeds, if the vehicle was manufactured after January 1, 1968;

 

(4)  The wiper blades do not meet the manufacturer’s specifications; or

 

(5)  If equipped with a front windshield washer system, it does not function per manufacturer’s specifications.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3217.13  Window Function.  A vehicle shall be rejected if all of the occupant windows do not open and close as the manufacturer intended.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

PART Saf-C 3218  EXHAUST SYSTEM

 

Saf-C 3218.01  Inspection of Exhaust System.

 

(a)  The exhaust system, including the exhaust pipe, muffler, resonator, catalytic converter, tailpipe, hangers, brackets and all other component parts shall be inspected for leakage, improper fastening or excessive noise pursuant to RSA 266:59.

 

(b)  All vehicles shall be equipped with mufflers in good working condition and shall meet the requirements of RSA 266:59.

 

(c)  All replacement exhaust systems shall meet the requirements of RSA 266:59. Trucks that are not equipped with a camper or other enclosed structure for carrying passengers may be inspected without a tail pipe, as long as the muffler extends past the passenger compartment and has a down spout.

 

(d)  A vehicle shall be rejected if:

 

(1)  It has no tailpipe or muffler;

 

(2)  There are holes, or structural rust or worn components in any part of the exhaust system that compromises the integrity of the system;

 

(3)  There are loose or leaking joints or leaking seams in any section;

 

(4)  Any portion of the exhaust system is not securely fastened;

 

(5)  Any portion of the exhaust system passes through the passenger compartment or trunk;

 

(6)  Muffler jackets or flexible pipe, which does not seal itself, is used in the exhaust system;

 

(7)  The tail pipe end is pinched or damaged in such a way to restrict exhaust flow;

 

(8)  The muffler has loose or missing interior baffles, or holes which have been repaired with patches;

 

(9)  There is a muffler cut-out, muffler by-pass or similar device which allows excessive or unusual noise;

 

(10)  Excessive fumes, smoke, flame, gas, oil or fuel residue escapes in violation of RSA 266:59; or

 

(11)  Any flammable material is in contact with any portion of the exhaust causing fume, smoke or fire hazard.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3218.02  Outside Pipes.

 

(a)  The outside pipe, side-pipe or exhaust pipe shall meet the following requirements:

 

(1)  The muffler shall be installed according to the vehicle manufacturer's specifications and shall not give off excessive noise, fumes, smoke, flame, gas, oil or fuel residue, pursuant to RSA 266:59;

 

(2)  No exhaust gases shall enter the passenger compartment;

 

(3)  Any flexi-type exhaust piping shall be self-sealing, free of leaks, holes, patches or defects, properly fastened to the vehicle and used only on the exhaust side of the emission control system; and

 

(4)  No portion of the exhaust system or exhaust pipe shall extend, in any direction, beyond the limits of the vehicle's body without heat shielding.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

PART Saf-C 3219  FUEL SYSTEM

 

Saf-C 3219.01  Fuel System.

 

(a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if:

 

(1)  There is vapor or fuel leakage anywhere within the fuel system;

 

(2)  Any portion of the fuel system is not securely fastened;

 

(3)  The fuel system is equipped with a fuel filler cap that does not meet the manufacturer's specifications;

 

(4)  The fuel tank or approved fuel container is not secured to the body or chassis or is located in a position that does meet the manufacturer’s specifications; or

 

(5)  The vehicle is powered by an alternative fuel, for example propane, natural gas or hydrogen, and an inspection of the fuel tank, carburetor, fuel lines and fittings reveals audible leaks or detectable odors.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

PART Saf-C 3220  EMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

 

Saf-C 3220.01  Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV).

 

(a)  A PCV valve shall be required on all vehicles less than 20 model years old, if so equipped at the time of manufacture.

 

(b)  A vehicle shall be rejected if:

 

(1)  The PCV valve is missing;

 

(2)  It is plainly obvious that the PCV valve does not function; or

 

(3)  Any hoses associated with the PCV system are missing or do not function.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3220.02  Air Injection Pump/Pulse Air System.

 

(a)  The air injection pump/pulse air system shall be required on all vehicles less than 20 model years old, if so equipped at the time of manufacture.

 

(b)  A vehicle shall be rejected if:

 

(1)  The air injection pump/pulse air system is missing;

 

(2)  It is plainly obvious that the air injection pump/pulse air system does not function; or

 

(3)  Any hoses associated with the air injection pump/pulse air system are missing or do not function.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3220.03  Inspection of Fuel System.  In addition to the reason stated in Saf-C 3219.01(a)(3), a vehicle shall be rejected if the fuel filler cap is:

 

(1)  Missing;

 

(2)  Loose;

 

(3)  Degraded to the point that vapors could escape; or

 

(4)  Improperly fitted.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3220.04  Evaporative Canister.

 

(a)  An evaporative canister shall be required on all vehicles less than 20 model years old, if so equipped at the time of manufacture.

 

(b)  A vehicle shall be rejected if:

 

(1)  The evaporative canister is missing;

 

(2)  It is plainly obvious that the evaporative canister does not function; or

 

(3) Any hoses, wires or cables associated with the evaporative canister are missing or do not function.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3220.05  Inspection of Exhaust System.

 

(a)  A catalytic converter shall be required on all vehicles less than 20 model years old, if so equipped at the time of manufacture.

 

(b)  A vehicle shall be rejected if:

 

(1)  The catalytic converter is missing; or

 

(2)  It is plainly obvious that the catalytic converter does not function.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

Saf-C 3220.06  Replacement Parts.

 

(a)  An inspection station shall make a reasonable effort to obtain replacement parts for equipment such as a:

 

(1)  Catalytic converter;

 

(2)  Gas cap;

 

(3)  Evaporative purge canister;

 

(4)  Positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve and properly configured hoses; and

 

(5)  Properly connected air injection pump/pulse air systems.

 

(b)  For the purposes of this rule, "reasonable effort" means any combination of 3 telephone calls to parts dealers, original equipment manufacturers or other secondary market sources.

 

(c)  If replacement parts are unavailable, the inspection station shall so indicate on the inspection form and the vehicle shall pass that portion of the inspection.

 

Source.  (See Revision Notes at Chapter Heading Saf-C 3200) #8915, eff 6-22-07, EXPIRED: 6-22-15

 

New.  #10886, INTERIM, eff 7-16-15, EXPIRES: 1-12-16; ss by #11016, eff 1-6-16

 

PART Saf-C 3221  VEHICLE BODY OR CHASSIS

 

Saf-C 3221.01  Body Damage.

 

(a)  A vehicle shall be rejected if:

 

(1)  The body components have tears, sharp edges or protruding areas that present a safety hazard to any person;

 

(2)  Any fender is:

 

a.  Missing;

 

b.  Improperly installed;

 

c.  Not the proper height; or

 

d.  Loosely attached;

 

(3)  Any door is:

 

a.  Missing;

 

b.  Improperly fastened; or

 

c.  Adjusted so that it cannot be tightly closed;

 

(4)  Any door latch, lock, hinge or handle installed:

 

a.  Is broken;

 

b.  Does not work properly;

 

c.  Is defective; or

 

d.  Does not work as manufacturer intended;

 

(5)  The