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2017-08-24

New fee replaces inspection for many, effective Sept. 1

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Senate Bill 1001, enacted by the 85th Regular Session, Texas Legislature, added Transportation Code §§502.012 and 548.510, and amended §548.052 regarding the inspection requirement for trailers, semitrailers, and pole trailers and created a new fee for these vehicles.
Senate Bill 1001 established a new fee of $7.50 for trailers, semitrailers and pole trailers with a gross vehicle weight of 4,501 lbs. to 7,500 lbs. The new fee, which replaces the state's portion of the inspection fee previously due, is required at the time of initial registration and with each registration renewal to support the Texas Mobility Fund, Clean Air Account, and the General Revenue Fund.
Effective Sept. 1, 2017, trailers, semitrailers, and pole trailers with a gross vehicle weight of 7,500 pounds or less are not required to be inspected. All farm trailers, farm semitrailers, and farm pole trailers continue to be exempt from the annual inspection requirement.
The new fee will be assessed beginning Sept. 1, 2017. Renewal notices for registrations expiring before December 2017 were created prior to the inspection exemption and new fee effective date. As a result, the inspection fee printed on the renewal notices for some trailers, semitrailers, and pole trailers prior to the December 2017 registration expirations may differ from the Mobility/Clean Air Fee charged by the RTS.
Beginning with the December 2017 registration renewal notices, trailers, semitrailers, and pole trailers exempt from the annual inspection requirement will display a message that the vehicle is not required to pass an annual inspection.