New inspection bill helps prevent auto theft

By Brandon Troullier - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Effective July 1, the legal requirements and procedures for performing physical inspections on motor vehicles will change.

ACT 435, passed by the state legislature during the 2009 Legislative Session, was written to combat fraud and ensure the integrity of a certified officer's physical inspection.

The new law specifies that only commissioned law enforcement officers who have completed a four hour physical inspection course of instruction taught by State Police can perform physical inspections on a motor vehicle.

This is not to be confused with normal inspections where you take your car to a professional, licensed mechanic and they update your inspection sticker. This is designed to prevent auto-theft and applies to three parties: the original owner of the stolen vehicle, the insurance company that paid a claim on the stolen vehicle and the cloned vehicle's owner who will have to pay the lien holder even though the vehicle has been seized by local law enforcement.

Stay tuned to 7News this evening for more information on this matter.

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