11.14.08.06

.06 Certificates.

A. General Requirements.

(1) During each inspection cycle, a vehicle inspected under this chapter shall be issued a certificate that indicates the inspection status of the vehicle for the inspection cycle.

(2) Except for a waiver certificate, which may only be issued by the contractor or the Administration, a certificate may be issued by the contractor, a fleet inspection station, or the Administration.

(3) For a vehicle inspected at a vehicle emissions inspection station, the Contractor shall issue a certificate which contains the following information:

(a) The inspection station number, test lane number, and inspector identification number;

(b) The date of inspection;

(c) The inspection start time and end time;

(d) The vehicle identification number (VIN);

(e) The license plate number, if applicable;

(f) The gross vehicle weight rating, for a vehicle other than a passenger vehicle;

(g) The vehicle model year and vehicle make;

(h) The odometer reading;

(i) The category of inspection performed (initial inspection, first reinspection, or subsequent reinspection);

(j) The fuel type of the vehicle;

(k) The overall pass/fail status for the inspection;

(l) The idle exhaust emissions test pass/fail status for hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and sample dilution, if applicable;

(m) The exhaust emissions measurements and the applicable standards for hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide, if applicable;

(n) The pass/fail status for the catalytic converter check, if applicable;

(o) The pass/fail status for the gas cap leak test, if applicable;

(p) The pass/fail status for the on-board diagnostics test and stored on-board diagnostics fault codes, if applicable;

(q) The valid through date; and

(r) Other information the Administration or the Department may specify.

(4) For a vehicle inspected at a fleet inspection station, the fleet inspection station shall issue a certificate in a form and content established by the Administration and the Department.

(5) A vehicle owner shall ensure that the most recent certificate is carried at all times in the vehicle for which it was issued.

B. Pass Certificate. If a vehicle inspected at a vehicle emissions inspection station meets all applicable standards specified in Regulation .09 of this chapter during an inspection, the vehicle is considered to be in compliance for the assigned inspection cycle, and the contractor shall issue a pass certificate which includes a statement certifying that the inspection was performed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.

C. Fail Certificate.

(1) If a vehicle inspected at a vehicle emissions inspection station does not meet all applicable standards specified in Regulation .09 of this chapter during an inspection, the vehicle is considered not to be in compliance and the contractor shall issue a fail certificate which includes the following information:

(a) The type of failure and the reason for failure; and

(b) A statement indicating any availability of warranty coverage as provided by the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. §7541.

(2) A vehicle issued a fail certificate may be operated through the period of permitted operation.

(3) A person may not operate a vehicle after the end of the period of permitted operation unless a pass certificate or a waiver certificate has been issued for the vehicle or the vehicle owner has been granted a time extension.

D. Waiver Certificate.

(1) The owner of a vehicle for which a fail certificate has been issued may apply to the Administration for a waiver from inspection standards for the assigned inspection cycle if all of the following requirements are met:

(a) All applicable warranty coverage has been used, or the vehicle manufacturer or a dealer has issued written denial of the warranty coverage provided for vehicles by the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. §7541;

(b) The vehicle has received emissions-related repairs appropriate to the cause of inspection failure, and the repairs have been performed by a recognized repair technician;

(c) Emissions control devices have not been tampered with or removed, and the vehicle has not been misfueled; and

(d) The owner satisfies the requirements of State law, except for provisions which are superseded by federal law.

(2) The vehicle owner shall submit proof of expenditures for repairs with the waiver application in a form and content acceptable to the Administration. Repair costs, including parts and labor, are limited to only those repairs necessary to bring the vehicle into compliance with applicable emissions standards, and do not include costs:

(a) Determined to be necessary to correct tampering with or the removal of an emissions control device, or to repair damage resulting from misfueling; or

(b) Associated with the repair or replacement of the exhaust system or any of its components.

(3) The Administration or the contractor shall evaluate each waiver application, examine the vehicle for verification of repairs and the presence of required emissions control devices, and may issue a waiver certificate if the owner has acted in good faith to bring the vehicles into compliance with the provisions of this chapter.

(4) The Administration may grant a time extension to a waiver applicant so that additional repairs may be obtained, or to adequately evaluate and verify the contents of the waiver application.

(5) A waiver certificate is valid until the next date of scheduled inspection.

(6) Senior Citizens.

(a) A waiver certificate may be granted to a vehicle owner who is 70 years old or older at the time of the scheduled inspection for a vehicle that is driven 5,000 miles or less per year.

(b) In the case of more than one owner of a vehicle, all owners listed on the vehicle title must meet the age requirement.

(c) All information provided by the vehicle owner is subject to verification by the Administration.

(7) Disabled Persons.

(a) A waiver certificate may be granted to the owner of a vehicle for which special registration plates have been issued under Transportation Article, §13-616, Annotated Code of Maryland, and which is driven 5,000 miles or less per year.

(b) In the case of more than one owner of a vehicle, all owners listed on the vehicle title must meet the disability requirements.

(c) All information provided by the vehicle owner is subject to verification by the Administration.