clear side marker inspection issue
Yesterday I went to get my yearly state inspection. I'm sitting there chilling, when the guy comes up and tells me that they're going to have to fail me unless they swap out my white bulbs in the side marker lenses for amber ones. I knew the law about it here in VA, but thought it'd fly. Guess not. I told them it was cool and to just keep the white ones for me.
A couple minutes pass by and then the guy shows up again. This time he's serious, he says they have to fail me because I have clear side marker lenses, you know, the APC ones or whatever. By this point I'm PISSED! I've never had a problem with it before, and there are even cars sold in VA from the factory with clear side lenses. I told them all that. He spent about 10 minutes flipping through the state police book about inspections. He comes out and says yeah, they'll have to fail me. I was like "That's bullshit!" But the guy is really cool about it. He was like "We haven't scraped off the old sticker yet, so I'd reccomend you go to some small mom and pop shop and get it done. They'll probably look right over it." I was at the local Toyota dealer getting this done. So I thanked him for helping me out. He goes on to say he likes the way they look, and as long as the lights work, he doesn't see the issue. I was pissed. So now I have to take more time out of my already busy schedule to try for an inspection again.
Anybody else have this problem, or know what the laws are?