VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A viewer contacted WAVY.com when he noticed that the print of the year in the 2013 state-issued inspection stickers melts with the heat, resulting in various complications for drivers and troopers alike.
Pete Dekker's pickup truck was inspected Monday.
"The guy who did the inspection said he got a letter from state police that stickers with red fade in the sunlight," Dekker said.
Although his sticker was still readable, the inspector told Dekker that many of the same stickers issued this year are not legible.
"He had customers who have been questioned by local police who questioned them on whether they had been tinkering with the sticker," Dekker said.
Sirous Shotorban works for a Citgo that inspects an average of 5,000 cars annually. He says he is well aware of the fading decal problem,
"State troopers sent us a notice mentioning the stickers fade," Shortorban said.
The Inspection Bulletin No. 342 is from Captain Ronald Saunders with the Virginia State Police who wrote to all official inspection stations: "Several owners/operators ... have received summonses for the faded 2013 decal ... The inspection sticker is valid."
Shortorban says the only thing he can do is send drivers to VSP, who will reissue drivers another state inspection sticker.
The operator should have one of the two official inspection receipts available for review; a little pink receipt or an itemized detail of the inspection on a regular piece of paper.
VSP told WAVY.com this happened because the printer used a dye that is not strong enough to withstand the heat of the sun. WAVY.com contacted RR Donnelly, the printing company that got the contract, but calls were not returned.
If you get a summons for a faded inspection sticker have proper documentation of the inspection. If you have any questions about the inspection stickers contact VSP or local police.
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