Change for 2019 vehicle inspection sticker placement set for Jan. 1 2018 in Va.

VIRGINIA - On Wednesday, authorities announced an upcoming change regarding the location of a vehicle inspection sticker, which is set to take place in the new year, in Virginia.

Virginia State Police says effective January, 1, 2018, state inspection stickers will no longer be placed to the bottom center of a vehicle's windshield. Authorities say the state inspection stickers will be placed in the bottom left corner of the windshield, when viewed from inside the vehicle. This change apparently also applies to the placement of any other authorized stickers. 

No changes have been made to the size or appearance of the current vehicle inspection sticker.

According to VSP, the change in location of the stickers stems from the fact that automobile manufacturers now offer crash avoidance technology in many of their vehicles. The new technology reportedly uses the center of the windshield, and the current placement of the sticker could prevent crash avoidance systems from working properly.

The existing vehicle inspection stickers should remain in the current position, bottom center of windshield. Law enforcement says once the vehicle is inspected ans issued a 2019 sticker, the new sticker should be placed in the lower left corner of the windshield.

In reference to the change, Capt. R.C. Maxey Jr., says, "The core mission of the Virginia Safety Inspection Program is to promote highway safety and the crash avoidance technology is another tool provided by manufacturers to ensure vehicles operated on the roadways are safe at all times. Therefore, we immediately began evaluating the situation and set forth to make the necessary changes to the Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Manual, which governs the placement of the safety inspection sticker on all vehicles."

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