McDonnell streamlines safety inspection for commercial vehicles

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Gov. Bob McDonnell is making it simpler for commercial vehicles to operate in Virginia.

McDonnell has issued a proclamation that removes Virginia’s required safety inspection when trucks involved in interstate commerce meet federal safety inspection requirements.

McDonnell said the streamlined process would make it more attractive for trucking companies to title and register their vehicles in Virginia.

The move affects any commercial trucks that are subject to regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Previously, trucks operating in different states were required to have a Virginia safety inspection in addition to the federal safety inspection requirements.

“Virginia prides itself on being a business-friendly state,” Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton said in a statement.  “As a result of the commonwealth’s adoption of the federal safety inspection requirements together with existing benefits such as permanent plates, an electronic renewal system and no sales and use tax on the purchase of trucks and trailers over 26,000 pounds, companies will be more inclined to select Virginia for vehicle titling and registration needs.”

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