On 7 Jul 2005 14:22:07 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org
>Thank you very much for the link. In fact, the inspector didn't
>physically try to stop the car on the wheel-running ramp/bay. He just
>noticed the red brake light and told me, the vechile had failed. So
>please, where does it say (explicitly) if the brake light is on, then
>it is not a problem?
It doesn't. It also doesn't say that if it IS on, it fails. There are no
requirements in there for them to check the light at all. In other words,
he's doing something he's not supposed to be doing. Most likely because he
just doesn't know better. Ask him to show you where it says he's is to
check that. Show him the regulations.
>For your information, the inspection station is located at Mobile 9 gas
>station on Rt-9 in Amherst, MA area. I had many work-colleagues who
>seem to be having a hard luck with that inspector who had failed them
>all for ultimately no-sense reasons. They went to some other inspection
>station and their vechile passed. I could do the same thing, but I want
>my money back from that inspector.
If he's giving you a hard time and still being ignorant as to what he's
supposed to be doing, let him know you'll be contacting the registry
because you know he's failing you on a non-inspectable item. After you
speak with a representative there and give them your side of the story,
they can do a number of things ranging from just calling the station and
informing them they aren't supposed to be doing this - all the way to
shutting them down until they are in compliance. I speak from experience
on this. I had a Mobil station shut down for 1/2 a day because they
refused to use a ball-joint gauge when testing my vehicle. They said it
failed but wouldn't tell me by how much it failed nor show me the criteria.
After I made my calls and they were shut down, I went back, they put the
gauge on and even had a manual out with the allowable specs (boy, did I get
some nasty looks from these grease monkeys) and what do you know....I
passed. This was some 8-9 years ago, but the RMV still has authority of
all inpsection stations. Start there.