Utah lawmaker wants to get rid of burdensome car inspection laws

<p style=”line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 11pt;” dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>State lawmakers in Utah are exploring the possibility of doing away with laws requiring regular car safety inspections. It wouldn’t be completely unheard of, as other states have began getting rid of similar laws and regulations in recent years. According to the Salt Lake City CBS affiliate</span> <a style=”text-decoration: none;” href=”http://kutv.com/news/local/lawmaker-wants-to-end-utahs-auto-safety-inspections”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>KUTV.com</span></a><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>, Utah is one of 17 states that currently requires mandatory inspections when a vehicle reaches certain ages.</span></p><p style=”line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 11pt;” dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>State Representative Norm Thurston, R-Provo, believes the laws on the books can be an unfair burden on lower-income families who naturally have a greater chance of owning older cars.</span></p><p style=”line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 11pt;” dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>”The data I’ve seen so far suggests that it may not be making any difference at all,” Thurston said. “Tires and brakes don’t have anything to do with the age of your car, because tires and brakes have to do with when you last replaced them.”</span></p><p style=”line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 11pt;” dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>While he is considering introducing legislation to eliminate or reduce the current requirements, he also cautions that it could take some time, even years, to study the issue and come to a responsible conclusion.</span></p><p style=”line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 11pt;” dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>”It’s taking a while to get reliable data and actually understand what’s going on,” he said.</span></p><p style=”line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 11pt;” dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>According to an article on the issue from the San Francisco news source</span> <a style=”text-decoration: none;” href=”http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Utah-lawmaker-considers-scrapping-car-inspection-6540352.php”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>SFGate.com</span></a><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found no clear evidence that car inspections help reduce accidents in a recent report.</span></p><p style=”line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 11pt;” dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>The report also said it’s hard to quantify the effect inspections ultimately have on car safety and accidents because national data on the subject is sparse. Police officers rarely have time or means to determine the condition of a car before it was involved in an accident.</span></p><p style=”line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 11pt;” dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>On the other hand, there are those who argue the benefits of catching potential problems that otherwise might have gone unnoticed outweigh the monetary burden. About</span> <a style=”text-decoration: none;” href=”http://www.creechimport.com/need-pay-attention-brake-pads-brake-fluid/”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>25% of drivers</span></a> <span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>admitted to knowingly neglecting repairs and maintenance on a vehicle in the last year, so there’s no telling what the number of issues that go unnoticed on a regular basis are.</span></p><p style=”line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 11pt;” dir=”ltr”><span style=”font-size: 12px; font-family: Verdana; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>As of right now vehicles in Utah are required to be inspected at age four, eight, and once a year after it turns 10. At the very least Thurston and those in favor would like to reduce the amount required.</span></p>

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