|(a) All vehicle inspection stations must record the
inspection of all vehicles, whether the vehicle passed, failed, or
was repaired, into the appropriate state vehicle inspection database
using a department provided device at the time of that inspection.
(b) The DPS Training and Operations Manual for official
vehicle inspection stations and certified vehicle inspectors must
be the instruction and training guide for the operation of all vehicle
inspection stations and certified vehicle inspectors. It will serve
as procedure for all vehicle inspection station operations and inspections
(c) Fleet and government vehicle inspection stations
must not inspect vehicles owned by officers, employees, or the general
(d) A vehicle inspection station must have a certified
and properly endorsed vehicle inspector to perform inspections in
a prompt manner during posted business hours.
(e) No vehicle inspection station shall refuse to inspect
a vehicle for which it is endorsed that is presented for inspection
during the posted business hours.
(f) A certified vehicle inspector must conduct a complete
and thorough inspection of every vehicle presented for an official
inspection in accordance with this chapter and Texas Transportation
Code, Chapter 548 (the Act), as authorized by the vehicle inspector's
certification and by the vehicle inspection station's endorsement.
(g) A certified vehicle inspector must not use, nor
be under the influence of, alcohol or drugs while on duty. Prescription
drugs may be used when prescribed by a licensed physician, provided
the inspector is not impaired while on duty.
(h) A certified vehicle inspector must inspect a vehicle
presented for inspection within a reasonable time.
(i) A certified vehicle inspector must notify the department
representative supervising the vehicle inspection station immediately
if his driver license is suspended or revoked.
(j) A certified vehicle inspector must conduct each
inspection in the approved inspection area of the vehicle inspection
station location designated on the certificate of appointment. The
road test may be conducted outside this area.
(k) The certified vehicle inspector must consult the
vehicle owner or operator prior to making a repair or adjustment.
(l) Inspections may be performed by more than one certified
vehicle inspector, but the inspector of record is responsible for
ensuring the inspection is completed in accordance with the Act and
(m) The certified vehicle inspector must not require
a vehicle owner whose vehicle has been rejected to have repairs made
at a specific garage.
(n) The certified vehicle inspector must maintain a
clean and orderly appearance and be courteous in his contact with
(o) Any services offered in conjunction with the vehicle
inspection must be separately described and itemized on the invoice
(p) At the conclusion of the inspection, the vehicle
inspector must issue a signed vehicle inspection report to the owner
or operator of the vehicle indicating whether the vehicle passed or
(q) If the vehicle inspection report shows the vehicle
being inspected to be subject to a safety recall, where reasonably
practical, the inspector shall advise the vehicle owner or operator
that the vehicle is subject to a recall and that further details can
be obtained from the dealer or manufacturer. The vehicle inspection
station owner may delegate this responsibility to another employee
of the station but the station owner is responsible for ensuring compliance
with this section.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §23.12 adopted to be effective March 13, 2013, 38 TexReg 1700; amended to be effective March 1, 2015, 40 TexReg 257; amended to be effective May 14, 2020, 45 TexReg 3139