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Car inspection system restored

Mechanic Brandon Brew of Wingman Oil Change Center

Mechanic Brandon Brew at Wingman Oil, 2514 U.S. 281 North in Marble Falls, reported that the state’s vehicle inspection system was back online as of 6 a.m. Aug. 28 after a five-day outage. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Texas drivers can get their vehicles inspected. The Department of Public Safety system is fully operational after a five-day outage that started Aug. 23.

According to Brandon Brew at Wingman Oil in Marble Falls, the system was good to go first thing Monday morning. 

“It was up and running by 6 a.m. when I got here,” he said, adding that the outage didn’t cost the company anything because it doesn’t make money on inspections. “It’s a community service. It was just really depressing to tell people ‘no’ 100 times a day.” 

The system was repaired overnight Sunday, according to the DPS.

“We thank everyone for their patience and apologize for the disruption and the inconvenience this outage has caused,” reads an Aug. 28 media release from the state department. 

The outage halted inspections and license renewal applications across the state. Emission inspections were not affected. 

editor@thepicayune.com