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Vehicle Code - VEH


  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1959, Ch. 3. )

CHAPTER 2.5. Licenses Issued by California Highway Patrol [2500 - 2574]

  ( Chapter 2.5 added by Stats. 1968, Ch. 1309. )

ARTICLE 3.5. Inspection and Maintenance Stations [2525 - 2525.12]
  ( Heading of Article 3.5 amended by Stats. 1975, Ch. 502. )


For purposes of this article:

(a) “Fleet owner” means an owner of a fleet of three or more vehicles that are any one or more of the types specified in Section 34500 who is engaged in the transportation of persons or property and whose vehicles are registered in California.

(b) “Inspection and maintenance station” means a facility operated by a fleet owner to inspect and maintain his own vehicles and licensed by the commissioner pursuant to this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 1975, Ch. 502.)


The commissioner may adopt such regulations as are necessary to administer the provisions of this article. A fleet owner licensed by the commissioner as an inspection and maintenance station pursuant to this chapter shall comply with such regulations.

(Amended by Stats. 1975, Ch. 502.)


(a) Fleet owners licensed as inspection and maintenance stations shall do all of the following:

(1) Conduct all installations, adjustments, inspections, and maintenance under the supervision of, and subject to the regulations of, the department, and subject to Division 12 (commencing with Section 24000).

(2) If engaged in interstate transportation, also conduct inspections and maintenance in accordance with the requirements of the United States Department of Transportation.

(3) If operating or maintaining vehicles described in subdivisions (a), (b), (d), (e), (f), or (g), of Section 34500, enroll each licensed inspection and maintenance station for inspection by the Department of the California Highway Patrol pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 34501.12 and pay the fees required by subdivision (e) of that section.

(b) Fleet owners may not certify the adjustment of lamps or brakes or the installation, inspection, repair, or servicing of motor vehicle pollution control devices or systems, except for vehicles in the owner’s fleet.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1243, Sec. 62. Effective September 30, 1992.)


Each fleet owner licensed as an inspection and maintenance station may place upon a vehicle which it has inspected and maintained, or upon which it has installed or adjusted required equipment, a sticker, in a form approved by the commissioner, certifying the compliance of such vehicle with all pertinent requirements imposed upon such vehicle by this code or regulations adopted thereunder and, if applicable, by the United States Department of Transportation. Such stickers shall remain valid for a period of one year and shall not be placed on any vehicle which is not part of the fleet.

(Amended by Stats. 1975, Ch. 502.)


The commissioner shall make and enforce regulations with respect to the issuance of stickers to be displayed upon vehicles owned or operated by a fleet owner which has complied with Section 2525.6.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1067.)


It is unlawful and constitutes a separate offense for any person to knowingly place or knowingly permit to be placed any sticker authorized by this article on any vehicle which does not comply with all the equipment requirements of this code or regulations adopted thereunder.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1067.)


The commissioner may charge a fee for the stickers furnished to fleet owner inspection and maintenance stations. The fee charged shall be established by regulation and shall not produce a total estimated revenue which, together with license fees charged pursuant to Sections 2502 and 2503, is in excess of the estimated total cost to the department of the administration of the statutes relating to fleet owner inspection and maintenance stations.

(Amended by Stats. 1975, Ch. 502.)

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