Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Where the rubber meets the road

On March 20, Vermont’s new Automated Vehicle Inspection Program (AVIP) went live. All vehicles are now inspected using a tablet, which is connected to central server where data on that particular vehicle is stored and where the state can scrutinize it for a host of possible violations. Bad news for many low- and middle-income Vermonters.




Channel 3 news - January 20, 2017


  1. No problem here. I can easily digitize and print a near perfect inspection sticker copy. If necessary, can use my scan tool to erase all check engine codes to breeze thru inspection. Who this will hurt most are the same, non tech savvy, simple minded twits that sent Springfield's and Windsor County's Democratic delegation to Montpelier. Suck it up butter cup. Got exactly the government you deserve!

  2. The State raping the middle class again.

  3. chuck gregory7/5/17, 1:06 PM

    This is another example of how in the name of "efficient government" the costs are passed to the great majority of Vermonters.

    The state agent who supervised inspection stations back in the 70's, Harry Goddamcarroll, made about $40,000 a year. That was six cents per Vermonter.

    To save on employing state workers to oversee the quality of inspections, the state cuts the positions and switches to a very expensive system that is not borne by taxpayers but by service centers which buy the system. The rest get out of the business.

    The stations remaining of course boost their prices because they have to recover their investment AND they don't have to worry about the competition the way they used to.

    Since the programming of the system is far less comprehensive than the human inspector's skills, lots of cars get flunked. And of course, as has been well pointed out, most of them are vital to the family's survival.

    But we can't raise TAXES! That would be Communism!

    Show of hands here: How many of you voted for the candidate who wants "efficient" government?

    1. As a strong advocate for transferring more personal wealth to the government, please lead by example and show us the additional funds that you are personally sending to the state to help fund this important public safety initiative. Oh, you're not willing to part with more of your own money voluntarily? Thought so! Just more hot air and hypocrisy from a left wing nut.

    2. chuck gregory7/6/17, 3:25 PM

      9:09, I am living on $12,000 a year more than I need after taxes. Everybody should have it as good as I do, even the Koch brothers. I'll be happy to send 100% of my excess to support great government as soon as the Koch brothers send 75% of theirs. They'll come out of it better off than I will, but I'm willing to pay that price, because it'll be good for America and for Springfield.

      How about you?

    3. Chuck, bottom line is, you're a hypocrite and phony. While living like a miser and hording income you voluntarily contribute nothing to the general fund. Who's WIFI did you use to troll here?

  4. Realty is that the more cars that flunk inspection, the more jobs that are created for auto mechanics. The more money it costs to fix your auto, the more hours you have to work to have a drivable car. Its a WIN-WIN system. Extracting the last pennies from the great unwashed.

    1. Greater reality is, the higher the cost to live in Vermont,the more bright, ambitious young adults leave for better opportunity to build equity elsewhere. Beyond that, there are no accredited, ASE mechanic training programs in our schools. Most "mechanics" in the Springfield area are incompetent hacks raping owners for over $80/hr to make botched repairs.

  5. Many states don't even require inspections. If you wreck your car your held responsible. If you hurt someone else with a poorly maintained car, your held responsible. Why can't this state just hold people responsible for their actions.

  6. I am afraid that the single Mom who is trying to make ends meet, and the family that is trying to put food on the table will be caught in another one of Vermont's government improvement programs. Yes I want these families to have a safe car , but the added expense to do so may be more than they can handle.

  7. Anyone that doesn't believe this is tool for commission driven service writers to "sell up" is a damn fool. So where are our useless reps Emmons and Forguites to this matter?


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