Virginia’s vehicle inspection stickers have been redesigned for 2019 to provide a reminder to drivers to follow the Commonwealth’s “Move Over” law.
The new stickers, effective Jan. 1, 2019, will have a message for drivers to watch out for emergency vehicles stopped on the road.
Virginia’s “Move Over” law requires all drivers to move a lane over when an emergency vehicle is stopped along the roadway. Drivers who cannot move over for an emergency vehicle, all vehicles with red, blue and amber lights, are supposed to cautiously pass the vehicle.
The reminder to move over will be detached once the sticker is added to your windshield.
The announcement of the newly designed stickers, shared with 8News in a release from State Police, also detailed the reduced size of the inspection stickers.
“The change in size is in response to the feedback State Police received from Virginians following the sticker’s relocation to the bottom left corner of the windshield in 2018,” said Captain R.C. Maxey Jr., Virginia State Police Safety Division Commander.
The sticker’s height has been reduced from 2.75 inches to 2 inches. The older stickers were 4 inches in length but the new stickers will be 3 inches in length.
“We heard from a number of motorists who had difficulty seeing around the sticker, so we worked to reduce its size to slightly smaller than the average credit card.”
While changes have taken place already, inspection stickers for motorcycles and trailers will remain the same. Vehicle rejection stickers will also not change.
The stickers will be issued by all certified inspection stations in Virginia.