|(a) All vehicle inspection stations must record the
inspection of all vehicles, whether the vehicle passed, failed, or
was repaired, into the appropriate state vehicle inspection database
using a department approved device during each inspection and at the
time of that inspection.
(b) The operations manual for official vehicle inspection
stations and certified vehicle inspectors must be the instruction
manual and training guide for the operation of all vehicle inspection
stations and certified vehicle inspectors. It will serve as procedure
for all vehicle inspection station operations and inspections performed.
(c) Fleet and government vehicle inspection stations
must not inspect vehicles owned by officers, employees, or the general
(d) A vehicle inspection station must have a certified
and properly endorsed vehicle inspector to perform inspections in
a prompt manner during posted business hours.
(e) No vehicle inspection station shall refuse to inspect
a vehicle for which it is endorsed that is presented for inspection
during the posted business hours.
(f) A certified vehicle inspector must conduct a complete
and thorough inspection of every vehicle presented for an official
inspection in accordance with this chapter and Texas Transportation
Code, Chapter 548 (the Act), as authorized by the vehicle inspector's
certification and by the vehicle inspection station's endorsement.
(g) A certified vehicle inspector must not use, nor
be under the influence of, alcohol or drugs while on duty. Prescription
drugs may be used when prescribed by a licensed physician, provided
the inspector is not impaired while on duty.
(h) A certified vehicle inspector must inspect a vehicle
presented for inspection within a reasonable time.
(i) A certified vehicle inspector must notify the department
representative supervising the vehicle inspection station immediately
if his driver license is suspended or revoked.
(j) A certified vehicle inspector must conduct each
inspection and affix each inspection certificate, in the approved
inspection area of the vehicle inspection station location designated
on the certificate of appointment. The road test may be conducted
outside this area.
(k) The certified vehicle inspector must consult the
vehicle owner or operator prior to making a repair or adjustment.
(l) Inspections may be performed by more than one certified
vehicle inspector, but the inspector of record is responsible for
ensuring that the inspection is completed in accordance with the Act
and this chapter.
(m) The certified vehicle inspector must not require
a vehicle owner whose vehicle has been rejected to have repairs made
at a specific garage.
(n) The certified vehicle inspector must maintain a
clean and orderly appearance and be courteous in his contact with
(o) Any services offered in conjunction with the vehicle
inspection must be separately described and itemized on the invoice