“We were in the stone ages,” said K&Y Auto Owner Frank Young, referring to the way the state does safety checks, which hasn't changed since the 1960's.
“Everything was hand processed, hand tabulated, and if you made a mistake on the form and you had to start writing all over again,’ he said.
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At the core of a new computerize system is, at it’s core, an app on an iPad.
The screen takes pictures of vehicles, registration, insurance cards, inputs vin numbers, and so on.
That information can be accessed not only by police, but by the more than 700 participating vehicle inspection stations statewide.
“Registration and safety check stickers get stolen. We get at least one a month that somebody stole their stickers,” said Young.
“It's very efficient for the station in terms of reporting and in terms of doing the reporting, and next year it will be even quicker,” said Glenn Okimoto, Department of Transportation Director.
The state said it spends so much money on paper forms, in recent years, it's been losing money on vehicle checks.
A couple years ago, they started asking lawmakers to approve a revamped the system.
Despite groans of public disapproval for a then $14 -- now 19 -- dollar safety check, the proposal past the test.
The new system will officially be up and running on Nov. 1.
The Department of Transportation said the added few bucks will pay for printing stickers and paying for state inspectors to monitor station inspectors.
“With this technology everything is going to be simpler,” said Young.
The DOT said it takes about the same amount of time to do the safety check, but saves time inputing it into the state's computer systems.
The department said it can take up to four months to input registration, but this will cut down on that time significantly.