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|Today was one of those days. I live near my son and he has a contracting business. In his line of work, he has a enclosed trailer he pulls everyday. Since the combined trailer and truck weight is over 10k pounds, and since it is used in his business (that makes him commercial), this trailer is considered commercial and must be inspected annually. Okay, you say, no big deal. Normally that would be true. However, trying to find a place that does this type of inspection, today, was a nightmare! It would have been easier if my son way driving a semi-truck!
Recently, the State of Utah has decided that regular vehicles no long have to have safety inspections, so many places are not doing inspections, which I am sure eliminated a good portion of his choices. Secondly, it has to be done by a certified commercial safety inspection business to be legit. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is somewhat in control of this; but refer you to the Highway Patrol safety section for a list of vendors who do inspections.
The fees that are required to register the trailer (for license/tags) is under the control of the Tax Commissioner and they refer you to the Safety Inspection department of the DMV.
After calling several places provided by the Highway Patrol (HP), no one was either doing them anymore, knew nothing about it, out of business, or too backed up with work and would have to schedule weeks out for something that the HP says should take only minutes. Also, my son wanted a list emailed so he would not bother the HP again, but the lady at that unit said that it was private and could not give the list out. (go figure).
After calling several businesses that my son thought might do the inspection, he got a referral from a referral that was from another referral and found a place on his own (hours later and time lost in his own business).
All in all, what a lot of time and craziness in getting something done in the name of safety. Don't you just love bureaucracy!
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