Repeal Of Vehicle Inspections Should Be Reconsidered, Some Say

Monday, August 7th 2006, 6:09 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Police, mechanics and state officials say the repeal five years ago of a law that required annual vehicle inspections means more unsafe vehicles now are on the road.

The law required a 28-point annual inspection of wheels, tires, windshields, headlights, taillights, turn signals, suspension and exhaust systems, emission controls and other engine components.

The inspection fee was $5, of which the inspector kept $4. Most mechanics complained that that amount wasn't enough to cover costs and some vehicle owners had difficulty finding inspection stations.

Since the law was repealed, mechanics say they've seen people push their cars harder and ignore nagging automotive issues.

State Senator Jeff Rabon of Hugo says he voted against the repeal of the law and that he'd support a new inspection law if it is reasonable.

He says that among the suggestions offered include tying in vehicle inspections with tag and drivers license renewals.