Bill to eliminate car safety inspections draws concern

Texas Senate Bil 1588 would eliminate the need for state vehicle inspections. Critics say that the savings is only seven dollars per car, but it isn't worth the lives that inspections save.

SAN ANTONIO - A bi-partisan bill under consideration would do away with yearly state vehicle inspections, but some people are worried about the dangers that may cause on the road.

Texas is one of only 16 states where car inspections are mandatory, but if Senate Bill 1588 passes, that will change. 20 million cars are inspected in the state annually.

Ruben Moreno, a seasoned mechanic and lead technician at Broadway Tire & Automotive, said inspections entail getting lights, signals, horns, brakes, tires, steering, wipers and leaks checked.

"If you take the safety inspection away, what are they going to do to ensure that we have safe vehicles on the road," Troy Bush, a driver, said.

It's a question for Senator Don Huffines who is backing the bill. He said studies show inspections don't increase road safety and calls it "a tax on Texans' time and money." If the bill is passed, drivers would save $7 per car, the cost of an inspection. It would be a total tax cut of about $150 million dollars.

Some people don't think it's worth the savings.

"It might save us money, but what about saving a life?" Bush said.

Under Huffine's proposal, funds already collected for state-certified inspections would go toward hiring and training troopers to recognize unsafe cars on the highway.

If passed, the bill would apply to personal vehicles, but commercial vehicles would still have to get inspected.

Emissions tests will also still be required in highly populated areas across the state.

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