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169.771 SPOT CHECK OF MOTOR VEHICLE.
    Subdivision 1. Inspection program. The intent of this section is to establish a motor vehicle
inspection program administered by the commissioner of public safety evidencing substantial
compliance with the Federal Highway Safety Act.
    Subd. 2. Inspection by state trooper. (a) The commissioner of public safety is directed to
accelerate spot check inspections for unsafe motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment. Such
inspections shall be conducted by the personnel of the State Patrol who shall give the operator of
a commercial motor vehicle a signed and dated document as evidence of the inspection.
(b) However, personnel of the State Patrol may not conduct another spot inspection of a
commercial motor vehicle if (1) the operator of the vehicle can show evidence of an inspection,
which is free of critical defects, conducted in Minnesota according to this section or section
169.781 within the previous 90 days and (2) a state trooper does not have probable cause to
believe the vehicle or its equipment is unsafe or that the operator has engaged in illegal activity.
In addition, if the operator shows the state trooper evidence that the commercial motor vehicle
has been inspected within the previous 90 days, but the officer has probable cause to believe the
vehicle or its equipment is unsafe or to suspect illegal activity, then the vehicle may be inspected
to confirm the existence or absence of an unsafe condition or of the suspected illegal activity.
    Subd. 3. Rules. The commissioner of public safety may establish such reasonable rules as are
necessary to carry out the provisions of this section, but all spot check inspections shall be held
in compliance with subdivision 2 and in such a manner that the motor vehicle operators, either
private or commercial, shall not be unnecessarily inconvenienced either by extended detours,
unnecessary delays, or any other unreasonable cause.
    Subd. 4. Implied consent to inspection. Use of the highways and streets of this state shall
constitute consent to spot check inspections as provided herein.
History: 1967 c 887 s 6 subd 1-4; 1969 c 1129 art 1 s 4; 1971 c 491 s 32; 1981 c 37 s 2;
1985 c 248 s 70; 2002 c 364 s 11,12; 2002 c 371 art 3 s 3,4