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Joe Marconi

Why Eliminate Vehicle Safety Inspections?

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North Carolina is yet another state that is considering repealing their periodic vehicle safety inspection requirement, leaving only the emissions test. It baffles me how our elected officials think.

 

In New York we identify so many cars that are unsafe; some due to neglect, but many due to wear and tear, pothole damage and other conditions. Our good customers are thankful that we have recognized a potential safety issue that could put them, their families and others on the road at risk.

 

I think we need more public awareness and tell our elected officials that mandatory vehicle inspections are a good thing. When I was young it was common to give your car a quick “once-over” on a Saturday morning. Plus, with full service gas stations back then, the gas attendant would check under the hood, look at the tires, etc. Today, people get in and drive.

 

I don’t know how many states have an inspection program, but those that do need to get the word out that this is more than just a revenue stream, it’s a matter of public safety.

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MI doesnt if they did a good percentage of the vehicles would be off the road,in Ont where my shop is located they have safety inspections every time a passenger vehicle is sold.

Taxis are every 6 months and commerical vehicles are yearly,Ont also has emission testing every 2 years and every time a vehicle is sold.

 

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We only have a emissions test and it only applies to a few counties here in TN and I am pretty sure the emissions test is strictly for the money and nothing else.

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I wish Michigan had safety inspections. It amazes me what people will consider, "Do I really have to fix that?" Or, "Can't you just gerry-rig it up?" I agree a great many would be pulled off the road. When I asked my ASA rep about it he said they had pushed the legislation many times but it kept getting turned down because, "It would hurt the poor." Funny how on this topic the politicians care about the poor, but in most other cases all they care about are the rich who will help buy their elections. But I digress. In a potentially arrogant and condescending tone, if this inspetion will hurt the poor because they don't care enough about their own lives to make sure their car is safe, do you think they care about your family's lives? Or insurance? When they plow into you because their tie rod separated or their brakes failed or they couldn't see because their wipers didn't work, who is going to compensate you for your loss? And I'm not just talking about with money either.

 

But I guess it's sort of like the local journalist who wrote an op-ed about texting while driving. He admitted he did it, he checked email and surfed the web frequently, until his daughter was rear ended and driven into on-coming traffic by s guy who admitted he was texting. Thank God his daughter was okay. But it took the issue hitting home to his family before he saw the value in doing what was right, but sadly not just because it was right.

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I agree 100%. Not only just a revenue stream for auto repair shops, it is a safety identifier for the general public that may not be aware that they are driving around in an "unsafe" vehicle.

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