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Texas Pushing Safety Inspections on Trailers

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Owners of some of almost 600,000 travel trailers, boat trailers and utility trailers registered with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles will get a surprise when they next receive notice that it’s time to renew that annual trailer registration. Some will learn they have been violating a law of which many were not aware, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Included in renewal notices sent to owners of trailers with registration expiring this month and later will be notification that the trailer is required to have passed a safety inspection at a state-certified vehicle inspection station within 90 days prior to the new registration sticker’s being issued. No proof of safety inspection, no renewal of registration.

This will be the first time many owners learn their trailer falls under Texas’ annual safety inspection requirements, the same as most vehicles used on Texas public roads.

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