Car inspections to be allowed on rainy days

Car inspections to be allowed on rainy days
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 4:34pm

We all have to have vehicle inspections - it's the law. But - it never fails, when you have the time to get your car inspected...it's a rainy day. Rachael Penton found out - starting Friday - you'll be able to get your car inspected even on a rainy day.

If you've been in Louisiana for a while you know a thing or two about the weather.

"Rain, all the time."

And if you're a vehicle owner, then you also know that you can't get car your inspected in the rain...a law that's been in place since the 1960's.

"Cars could not be inspected in the rain because they had to be road tested out on the road and they were concerned with getting into an accident," says David Murray, owner of King Z Automotive.

David Murray owns King Z Automotive on Old Hammond Highway. For decades his shop has been the only one in Baton Rouge that can legally inspect your car in the rain, because of his brake testing machine.

"I bought it in 1977 for like four thousand dollars, but now they're thirty. Most stations just don't have the volume to support that," adds Murray.

"It gives us a reading on each wheel plus an overall reading so that we know the brakes are working," says David Rhed, an inspector at King Z.

But Friday the law is changing.

"Any station that has a place where they're approved to road test the car on their premises then they can now do them in the rain so it will be an option."

Murray says the new regulations will be helpful to other inspection stations, but more importantly it's going to make things much easier for you.

"I know when I tried to get one on another car it rained like the whole last week of the month so it went expired because I couldn't get it," says Holley Arcement.

So for the first time since the 60's, you'll be able to get that vehicle inspection taken care of...rain or shine.

"Everybody's aware that you can not get your car inspected in the rain and that's why this is such a big deal that now everybody can," says Murray.

A couple of other changes starting Friday- single axel "two-wheel" trailers and boat trailers will be exempt from state inspections.
  

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