New inspection stickers coming soon

Posted at 10:36 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 00:08:11-04

LAFAYETTE — Inspection stickers that are losing its adhesiveness should soon be a thing of the past.

According to a spokeswoman for the Office of Motor Vehicles, they will be getting new stickers by early next year to address what they're calling an adherence issue.

"With these two-year stickers, that's what it is," said inspector Charlette Leblanc. "The summers have been really hot. That's a lot of heat on those windshields. Most of time time, all day long, your windows are up, so the heat just stays in that car."

Leblanc has been inspecting vehicles for over 20 years. She says she's seen more defective stickers in recent years.

"You see so many of them going down the road; they're buckling on them. They're twisting on them. [They're] coming off at the edges, and people don't like that," said Leblanc. "It looks ugly on a brand new car, so I can't blame them."

The OMV spokesperson says they haven't received the new stickers yet, but as soon as they're available, inspection stations will be able to trade their current stickers in for the new ones.

In the meantime, Leblanc and her staff have a solution.

"We wet ours, then scrape it really well, get all of the old glue off. Then, we wipe it, and then we put the new sticker on the windshield. It makes a difference. I've seen this in 28 years," said Leblanc.