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Title XIX MOTOR VEHICLES, WATERCRAFT AND AVIATION

Chapter 307

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  307.360.  Permits and instructions furnished by superintendent — items to be inspected — inspection stations, permit fee, permit renewal — application contents — mechanic's examination — revocation of permits, hearing on. — 1.  The superintendent of the Missouri state highway patrol shall issue permits and written instructions to official inspection stations and shall furnish forms and certificates for the inspection of brakes, lighting equipment, signaling devices, steering mechanisms, horns, mirrors, windshield wipers, tires, wheels, exhaust system, glazing, air pollution control devices, fuel system, and any other safety equipment required by the state.  In no instance will road testing of a vehicle be considered a part of the inspection procedure.

  2.  The superintendent of the Missouri state highway patrol shall prescribe the standards and equipment necessary for an official inspection station and the qualifications for persons who conduct the inspections, and no applicant may be approved to operate an official inspection station until the applicant meets the standards and has the required equipment and qualified inspectors as prescribed.  The superintendent of the Missouri state highway patrol shall establish standards and procedures to be followed in the making of inspections required by sections 307.350 to 307.390 and shall prescribe rules and regulations for the operation of the stations.

  3.  (1)  The application for permit as an official inspection station shall be made to the superintendent of the Missouri state highway patrol on a form furnished by the superintendent.  The fee for a permit to operate an official inspection station shall be ten dollars per year and each permit shall be renewed annually on the date of issue.  All fees shall be payable to the director of revenue and shall be deposited by him in the state treasury to the credit of the state highway fund.

  (2)  The application shall set forth the name under which applicant transacts or intends to transact business, the location of the applicant's place of business and such other information as the superintendent of the Missouri state highway patrol may require.  If the applicant has or intends to have more than one place of business within the state, a separate application shall be made for each place of business.  If the applicant is a partnership, the application shall set forth the names of the partners; if a corporation, the names of the officers shall be shown.  The application shall be signed and verified by oath or affirmation of the owner or an authorized officer or partner.

  (3)  Each location which fulfills the superintendent of the Missouri state highway patrol's requirements and whose owners, proprietors and employees comply with the superintendent's regulations and qualifications shall be designated as an official inspection station and the applicant issued a certificate.  The superintendent of the Missouri state highway patrol shall investigate all applicants for inspection station permits to determine whether or not the premises, equipment and personnel meet the requirements prescribed by him.

  (4)  Any automobile mechanic who has had at least one year of practical experience as an automotive mechanic or any person who has successfully completed a course of vocational instruction in automotive mechanics from a generally recognized educational institution, either public or private, and who has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to conduct an inspection in compliance with the regulations established by the superintendent of the Missouri state highway patrol may be issued a permit to conduct inspections at any official inspection station.  No person without a valid permit shall conduct any part of an inspection, except a person without a valid permit may assist in the inspection of a vehicle by operating the vehicle's lighting equipment and signaling devices.  The superintendent of the Missouri state highway patrol may require a mechanic to be reexamined at any time to determine the mechanic's knowledge and ability to conduct an inspection.  If the mechanic fails the reexamination or refuses to be reexamined, the permit issued to the mechanic shall be suspended until the mechanic passes the examination but under no circumstances can the mechanic again be tested until a period of thirty days has elapsed.  No fee shall be charged for the permit and the permit shall remain valid for a period of three years from the date of issue or until suspended or revoked by the superintendent of the Missouri state highway patrol.

  (5)  The superintendent of the Missouri state highway patrol may issue a private official inspection station permit to any association, person, partnership, corporation and/or subsidiary corporation, and governmental entity having registered or titled in his, her or its name in this state one or more vehicles of the type required to be inspected by section 307.350, or who maintains such vehicles under a written maintenance agreement of at least one year's duration and who maintains approved inspection facilities and has qualified personnel; but separate permits must be obtained for separate facilities of the same association, person, partnership, corporation and/or subsidiary corporation, or governmental entity.  Such private stations shall inspect only vehicles registered or to be registered, titled or to be titled or maintained in the name of the person or organization described on the application for permit.  No fee shall be charged for a permit issued to a governmental entity.

  4.  (1)  The superintendent of the Missouri state highway patrol shall supervise and cause inspections to be made of the official inspection stations and inspecting personnel and if the superintendent finds that the provisions of sections 307.350 to 307.390 or the regulations issued pursuant to sections 307.350 to 307.390 are not being complied with, or that the business of an official inspection station, in connection with corrections, adjustments, repairs or inspection of vehicles is being improperly conducted, the superintendent shall suspend or revoke the permit of the station for a period of not less than thirty days or more than one year and require the immediate surrender and return of the permit, together with all official forms and certificates of inspection and approval.  If the superintendent finds that an inspector has violated any of the provisions of sections 307.350 to 307.390 or the regulations issued pursuant to sections 307.350 to 307.390, the superintendent shall suspend or revoke the inspector's permit for a period of not less than thirty days nor more than one year.  If a station operator or if an inspector violates any of the provisions of sections 307.350 to 307.390, he or she is subject to prosecution as provided in section 307.390.

  (2)  The suspension or revocation of a station permit or of an inspector's permit shall be in writing to the operator, inspector, or the person in charge of the station.  Before suspending or revoking either of the permits, the superintendent shall serve notice in writing by certified mail or by personal service to the permittee at the permittee's address of record giving the permittee the opportunity to appear in the office of the superintendent on a stated date, not less than ten nor more than thirty days after the mailing or service of the notice, for a hearing to show cause why the permittee's permit should not be suspended or revoked.  An inspection station owner or an inspector may appear in person or by counsel in the office of the superintendent to show cause why the proposed suspension or revocation is in error, or to present any other facts or testimony that would bear on the final decision of the superintendent.  If the permittee or the permittee's agent does not appear on the stated day after receipt of notice, it shall be presumed that the permittee admits the allegations of fact contained in the hearing notification letter.  The decision of the superintendent may in such case be based upon the written reports submitted by the superintendent's officers.  The order of the superintendent, specifying his findings of fact and conclusions of law, shall be considered final immediately after receipt of notice thereof by the permittee.

  (3)  Any person whose permit is suspended or revoked or whose application for a permit is denied may within ten days appeal the action as provided in chapter 536.

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(L. 1967 p. 418 § 3, A.L. 1971 S.B. 110, A.L. 1973 S.B. 131, A.L. 1979 S.B. 20, A.L. 1999 S.B. 19)

Effective 7-01-00


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