QOTD: Are State Vehicle Inspections Necessary?
Last week we brought you the news that Texas is fixin' to possibly eliminate state inspections of non-commercial vehicles.
I share Matt Guy's mixed take on vehicle inspections:
Removing the need for yearly vehicle inspections is a thorny topic. One side claims the requirement is nothing more than a dog-and-pony show, one which can take uninformed motorists for an expensive ride if unscrupulous individuals demand compliance repairs which aren’t actually needed. On the other side of the fence, images are brought forth of clapped-out and unsafe vehicles becoming a menace on our roads.
As a resident of Illinois, which requires emissions inspections but not safety, I'm not sure our lack of safety inspections is adding to vehicular carnage, though I do often see cars on the road that probably wouldn't pass a state inspection. During my time in the dealer service world, we did tell those who had bald tires that if they were below 4/32, it was against state law. We used truth as a sales tactic based on fear.
My ladyfriend lived in Maryland briefly, and it was weird to me that she had to have her car inspected -- and some minor things needed to be addressed. Did I feel safer knowing that locals were having their rides checked for problems every so often? Well, no, but Maryland drivers...
So, are safety inspections necessary, or just a way for mechanics to make more money by taking advantage of state law -- sometimes unscrupulously?
Sound off below.
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