New Vehicle Registration Policy
Governor Bob McDonnell has announced a new registration policy for commercial vehicles that his administration says will lead to more commercial fleets calling Virginia their home. Craig Carper reports.
Current state policy requires all commercial vehicles registered in Virginia to receive annual inspections by the Virginia State Police, regardless of the primary area of the vehicle’s operation.
The new policy will accept proof of successful completion of a federal inspection.
Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton says this is a great weight off the shoulders of shipping companies who want to register their vehicles in the commonwealth, but operate in various jurisdictions out of state.
Connaughton: What we expect actually will happen is, we’ll see more of the large fleets registering their vehicles here. That will actually bring in more revenues to the commonwealth. We expect to actually need more jobs from the companies that operate these vehicles because they will actually be registering them here. And we expect in the long term it will actually make Virginia the location of choice for registering your vehicles.
UPS has announced that they will register 300 new vehicles purchased this summer in the Commonwealth and the company has told the McDonnell administration that they intend to register the majority of future vehicles in Virginia.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Capitol Square