Could Texas vehicle inspections become a thing of the past?

What is a year without forgetting and then remembering and then having to have your car inspected?

RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

A Dallas lawmaker, however, wants Texas to join the 34 other states that don’t require an annual vehicle inspection of their residents, the Houston Chronicle reports. Senate Bill 1588 would completely eliminate regular mandatory vehicle inspections, during which a car’s braking, mirrors and signals are tested and emissions are measured.

The author of the bill, Republican Sen. Don Huffines, said that getting rid of inspections would initially lose the state $150 million, but would also qualify Texas residents for a certain type of tax cut. A press release issued by Huffines reads:

“With significant technological advances in vehicle design and technology, this 66-year-old program is a relic of the past. State government is wasting Texans’ time & money on the annual chore of passenger inspections when 34 other states, including populous states like California, don’t require it of their drivers. Once you realize that these inspections aren’t about safety, it’s clear that they’re simply a tax on Texans’ time and money.”

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