Police cars in need of inspection

CAMDEN - December 2, 2009

25 Camden police cars fill the lot across from the police station. A close look reveals long ago expired inspection stickers, rejected ones, or none at all.

After a recent surprise inspection, the state issued an order to comply giving Camden until January 27 to resolve the problem or face a $350 a day fine for each violation.

Some of the Camden police cars had stickers that expired in 2006 or earlier, one had a 2003 expiration.

Action News spotted a vehicle without a sticker being driven from the lot; perhaps it was going to the state inspection station, although it was back later still without a sticker.

One police car being inspected was said to have had its sticker stolen. For some unknown reason, the car was rejected and now the city has 45 days to fix it.

The State Department of Labor, which issued the compliance order, says municipal vehicles must meet inspection requirements just like a private one.

Police officials were unavailable to comment, however, the city Business Administrator said the city was working to bring this fleet of what she called reserve vehicles into compliance and said the only time these cars should leave the lot is to be driven to the state inspection station.

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