PennDOT Debuts Suspended Inspection Providers Database

HARRISBURG PA – A new, publicly available database from the state Department of Transportation, which is intended to keep Pennsylvania vehicle owners better informed about annual safety and emission inspections, shows 18 stations in Montgomery, Berks, and Chester counties have had vehicle inspection licenses suspended for a variety of reasons.

Of the 18, the database displays four suspensions listed for stations located in Pottstown, Schwenksville, Oaks, and Phoenixville. Among those, one suspension took effect last Monday (June 13, 2022), it also shows.

Availability of the database was announced Friday (June 17) by PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “Vehicle inspections, license plate issuance, registration, and titling are an integral part of ensuring the safety and proper registration of all who travel our roadways. Consumers can use this new tool to help in making an informed decision about those services,” she said of the online information.

The database offers two views of state information. One is its Suspended Inspection Stations and Inspectors web page, showing what stations or inspectors are under suspension. Find it here. The second is its Suspended Issuing Agents web page, listing dealers or issuing agents under suspension. Find it here.

Both web pages “consist of a daily, up-to-date listing of suspended inspection stations, inspectors, dealers, and issuing agents within the commonwealth,” PennDOT stated.

“Suspensions imposed on a station or inspector are the result of violation(s) uncovered during audits or from investigation(s) into complaints regarding a station or inspector,” the agency noted. Licenses also can be suspended because providers occasionally stop offering inspections for reasons of their choosing.

Importantly, PennDOT added, suspensions affect only “a business’s ability to perform vehicle safety and emission inspections, not their ability to offer other services.”

In Montgomery County, according to the database:

  • Amana Auto Repairs LLC, 58 N. Franklin St., Pottstown, had its emission inspection license suspended from June 13, 2022, through July 13, 2024, and its safety inspection license suspended from May 3, 2022, through Nov. 3, 2024. Both were due to infractions;
  • Additionally two stations located in Schwenksville and Oaks discontinued offering inspections. Their existing licenses were labeled suspended because the services are no longer provided; and
  • Seven stations outside The Post’s coverage area – in Lansdale (2), Willow Grove, Abington, Norristown, and Conshohocken (2) – had licenses suspended for varying reasons.

In Berks County three stations had licenses suspended, the database reported. All are located in Reading, outside The Post’s coverage area, and due to infractions.

In Chester County, the database shows:

  • Buck’s Car & Truck Repair, 700 Saint Mary St., Phoenixville, has had its emission inspection license suspended from Nov. 15, 2021, through Jan. 15, 2023, due to infractions.
  • Also, four stations outside The Post’s coverage area – in Cheyney, Downingtown, West Chester, and Kennett Square – had licenses suspended for varying reasons.

About 17,000 safety inspection stations, and an estimated 7,700 emission inspection stations are registered in Pennsylvania. They are monitored by PennDOT quality assurance officers who ensure compliance with regulations by conducting regularly scheduled and occasionally unannounced visits to stations. They also investigate station or inspector customer complaints reported to PennDOT.

Additionally, about 8,000 dealers or issuing agents in the commonwealth are contracted to provide services to customers on behalf of PennDOT. They are monitored by PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services’ Regulated Client Services Section, using unannounced audits, scheduled site inspections, analysis of internal reports of title transactions, and public reports of suspected wrongdoing.

In cases involving criminal activity by inspection stations or agents, PennDOT said it turns to the Pennsylvania State Police for investigations.

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