I don't know how many of you guys out there deal with this, probably quite a few. I know that places like Europe already have stringent controls, but from my understanding, the system is cleaner than what we deal with here in Vermont. I'm talking about mandatory yearly automotive inspections. Here, we have this shiny various-coloured stickers that go on the windscreen/windshield of your car or on the fork of your motorcycle. If your sticker is the wrong colour or has the wrong number on it, you get a costly ticket for driving an unsafe vehicle. Don't we want safe vehicles on the road? Of course, but that's never what this is about. The problem is that the system here is corrupted and broken. My car fails inspection for whatever random reason, never anything to do with safety nor with smog emissions, every damn year. In fact, just for fun, a few years back, I took the same vehicle to four different inspection shops - the result, which should have been shocking, was no surprise to anyone living here - three shops failed the car for reasons that had absolutely no overlap, and the fourth passed it (1: suspension and shallow tire tread, 2: a spot of rust that wasn't there and a tiny chip in the windshield, 3: oxygen sensor and muffler, 4: passed). Meanwhile, the guy down the street with a 1980's Ford pickup that won't start in the morning, has rust holes all the way through, and belches out blue smoke constantly never lapses inspection tags. It's a racket, and everyone knows it, yet it's a major thorn in my side when I have to play the shell game with local mechanics once a year or else have to give up two months pay to "fix" my car, when there is nothing actually wrong with it. The reason I bring this up now, is that my mechanic and my backup mechanic both retired in the past 12 months and my car is up for inspection at the end of the month.