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Old 04-17-2010, 07:42 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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Recently, I was caught with an expired inspection sticker in Schertz. I know that it is a scam for these small towns to fleece ppl of their $$. when i went to set a court date, I was shocked to find out that the fine was $137!!!

The last time that I remember getting a citation for something like this, it was something like $10 once I submitted proof that I corrected the violation. Is it still this way or will I be gouged for this?
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Old 04-17-2010, 08:24 PM
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Location: San Antonio, TX
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An expired motor vehicle inspection falls under Texas Transportation Code statute 548.605, which allows that if you have received a violation for expired motor vehicle inspection, the citation can be dismissed only under these conditions:

1. You must renew the inspection sticker within 20 business days from the date of the violation.
2. The inspection cannot have been expired for more than 60 days.
3. Pay the administrative fee of $20 to the Court with a copy of the inspection certificate. This will include the emissions portion of the paperwork, if you live in a county that requires this type of testing, showing the vehicle passed emissions.

More info can be found the DPS web site that deals with inspections.

Good luck!

Cheers! M2
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Old 04-17-2010, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Griesheim, Germany
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how exactly is enforcing a Texas Transportation Code an act of fleecing someone of their money? Just curious of the logic that goes into that one.
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Old 04-17-2010, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Here
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how exactly is enforcing a Texas Transportation Code an act of fleecing someone of their money? Just curious of the logic that goes into that one.
$137 sounds pretty damn excessive if you ask me.
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Old 04-17-2010, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Griesheim, Germany
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The fine is definitely excessive, but it is also very easily avoided..
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Old 04-17-2010, 08:46 PM
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Location: San Antonio, TX
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The fine is definitely excessive, but it is also very easily avoided...for less than $15 and 10 minutes of your time!
Expanded on that a little for ya!

Seriously, the state inspections here are quick and easy. Having lived in countries where expensive and extensive annual inspections are required, I'll be more than happy to comply with the little that is required here!
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Old 04-17-2010, 08:50 PM
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Wait.....what's the difference in this law and the speed limit being enforced?

Speeding tickets are "easily avoidable" aren't they? Do the speed limit!
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Old 04-17-2010, 09:54 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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$137 sounds pretty damn excessive if you ask me.

that's what I was going to say. Thank you for saying it for me. I freaked out when the clerk told me the fine. Her boss threatened to put the bailiff on me. I don't mind paying $20, which seems reasonable. I will however avoid Schertz at all costs. It's a major speed trap with ridiculously slow speed limit signage posted everywhere.
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Old 04-17-2010, 09:56 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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an expired motor vehicle inspection falls under texas transportation code statute 548.605, which allows that if you have received a violation for expired motor vehicle inspection, the citation can be dismissed only under these conditions:

1. You must renew the inspection sticker within 20 business days from the date of the violation.
2. The inspection cannot have been expired for more than 60 days.
3. Pay the administrative fee of $20 to the court with a copy of the inspection certificate. This will include the emissions portion of the paperwork, if you live in a county that requires this type of testing, showing the vehicle passed emissions.

More info can be found the dps web site that deals with inspections.

Good luck!

Cheers! M2

thank you!
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Old 04-18-2010, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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that's what I was going to say. Thank you for saying it for me. I freaked out when the clerk told me the fine. Her boss threatened to put the bailiff on me. I don't mind paying $20, which seems reasonable. I will however avoid Schertz at all costs. It's a major speed trap with ridiculously slow speed limit signage posted everywhere.
This is pretty common for small towns EVERYWHERE, especially those surrounding larger cities. Not sure why you're so surprised, fines are almost always expensive. It functions both as a revenue generator and a good incentive for people not to incur the fine. I once paid $190 in AZ for a parking ticket.
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