Article 3.5. Inspection And Maintenance Stations of California Vehicle Code >> Division 2. >> Chapter 2.5. >> Article 3.5.
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.
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.
(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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.