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What is it and why do I need to do it:
Introduced in October 2008, the Massachusetts Vehicle Check Program provides a combined safety and emissions inspection highlighted by the following:
All vehicles driven on Massachusetts roads must pass an annual safety inspection.
Vehicles with onboard diagnostic systems manufactured after model year 2002 must pass an annual emissions test. The Massachusetts Vehicle Check annual inspection fee is $35 for most non commercial vehicles.
Emissions: Vehicle engines and air pollution
The health risks of air pollution are extremely serious. Poor air quality increases respiratory ailments, such as asthma and bronchitis; heightens the risk of life-threatening conditions, such as cancer; and burdens our health care system with substantial medical costs. Particulate matter is singlehandedly responsible for up to 30,000 premature deaths nationwide each year.
Transportation is the largest contributor to smog and air pollution in United States, far exceeding industrial, commercial and residential sources. It accounts for one-third of all carbon dioxide (CO2), more than half of the carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), almost one quarter of the hydrocarbon emissions, over 30% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and over 20% of particulate matter (PM emissions) in the U.S. In total, motor vehicles can emit up to 40 hazardous air pollutants.
Safety: Safety is an equally important part of the Massachusetts Vehicle Check Program. A broken taillight, cracked windshield, defective suspension component or other defect can make a vehicle unsafe to drive. That’s why it’s important to make sure your vehicle is always in good repair, not just when you’re going to have your vehicle inspected. Fourteen key components of your vehicle are evaluated during the safety inspection.
Your Mass State Emission and Safety Inspection is due once a year, usually corresponding to the number 1-12 (representing the months of the year with 1 being January) of the sticker located on your the lower, right section of your passenger side front windshield. If your vehicle is recently purchased or registered in Massachusetts, you then have 7 days to perform your inspection. When you are due, stop in anytime as we DO NOT take appointments for Mass State Inspection but are performed on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE basis. Our inspection hours are Mon-Fri from 7–5 and Sat from 7-1. We are located at 511 Totten Pond Road, Waltham MA, across the bridge from Winter Street, just off I95 and Route 128, Exit 27A.