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Mecklenburg County decals come off car windshields

SoVaNow.com / January 03, 2018
Vehicle owners must remove county decals from their windshields, according to a new rule passed by the Virginia Safety Inspection Program that went into effect Jan. 1.

Earlier this year, Mecklenburg County stopped issuing the stickers, which could be purchased only after residents paid their personal property tax bills. In lieu of the decals, the county opted this year to tack a $25 fee onto the property tax bill of every vehicle owner. Even though the decals were obsolete, County Administrator Wayne Carter encouraged vehicle owners who dump their trash at a county-run manned convenience center to leave the last-issued sticker on their cars or trucks as proof of residence.

County residents or property owners are the only ones legally entitled to dispose of trash at the convenience centers, manned or unmanned.

Along with county and town decals, Virginia state inspection stickers are no longer to be affixed to the bottom center of a vehicle’s windshield.

In a press release issued by Virginia State Police, Public Relations Director Corinne Geller explained, “Due to new innovations in the automotive industry, the state inspection stickers will be placed in the bottom left corner of the windshield, when viewed from inside the vehicle. This change in location will also apply to the placement of any other authorized stickers.”

She said the reason for the change “stems from the fact that automobile manufacturers now offer crash avoidance technology in many of their vehicles. In such vehicles, the new technology utilizes the center of the windshield. Therefore, the placement of items in that area, including stickers, could prevent crash avoidance systems from operating properly.”

Residents and property owners in Mecklenburg County who use the manned convenience centers can avoid being turned away or challenged by workers at the site, Carter said, by carrying proof of residence or ownership with them when accessing the manned sites. Proof can be a vehicle registration, utility bill or the like.

Current Virginia vehicle inspection stickers are to remain in their current position — in the bottom center of the windshield. Once a vehicle is inspected and issued a 2019 sticker, the new inspection sticker must be placed in the lower left corner, which is consistent with other states across the nation.

The Virginia State Police Safety Division began Dec. 2, notifying all Virginia certified inspections stations of the placement change that is to take effect Jan. 1.



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