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Changes coming to vehicle inspection sticker laws

The days of weather interfering with your car inspection are about to be over. Starting Friday, you will be able to get an inspection sticker in the rain.(Source: Cheryl Mercedes WAFB) The days of weather interfering with your car inspection are about to be over. Starting Friday, you will be able to get an inspection sticker in the rain.(Source: Cheryl Mercedes WAFB)
David Murray runs the only all-weather inspection station in Baton Rouge David Murray runs the only all-weather inspection station in Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The days of weather interfering with your car inspection are about to be over. Starting Friday, you will be able to get an inspection sticker in the rain. It is certainly convenient, but not everyone is behind the new law.

Getting your car inspected is a relatively routine process. The inspector checks under your hood to make sure nothing smells funny, they check your brakes and lights. If you live in East Baton Rouge Parish, that means a check for emissions.

David Murray has been inspecting vehicles since 1975. "We can get eight to 10 in line, but we move them fast; six minutes per car," he said.

He runs the only all-weather inspection station in Baton Rouge. When it is raining or the ground is wet, it is against the law to get inspection stickers, which can be a big inconvenience.

"When it's pouring the people who know about us they will come but most of the time when it's pouring they'll wait until it's not [raining]," said Murray.

Drivers will not have to wait any more. Starting August 1, Louisiana stations will be allowed to do inspections when it is raining.

"I think it's great, for the public for station owners,"Murrayy exclaimed. "People for years have complained about not being able to get in the rain, so now that's over."

You would think most people would be thrilled about the change, however, driver Vince Tallo is not one of them.

"The ground is slick sometimes when the road is wet. And you drive up here to check your brakes, they may not do right," said Tallo.

He thinks all inspection stations allowed to administer tests in the rain should be covered. Tallo says he will continue to rely on the all-weather service station.

Murray says he has built quite a following in his 40 years in business. The law, he says, has been a long time coming. "It's the end of an era."

While testing is allowed in the rain, it is important to note, inspection stations can choose not to do them when it is wet outside.

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