Should Missouri eliminate vehicle inspection requirement?

Should vehicle inspections be required?

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - If you own a vehicle, you’ve probably taken it to get inspected. But a Missouri lawmaker’s proposal might get rid of this state requirement.

Representative J. Eggleston from Maysville, Mo. said these checks don’t make the roads safer, but not everyone agrees that the inspections should go.

"For me, I think it's a good thing for us to keep, because it gives me a sense of knowing that my car is safe,” said Glenn Lewis, Manager of Plaza Tire in Cape Girardeau.

He calls these inspections a safety check. They look at everything inside and outside of the vehicle.

"When you talk about them money wise, like twelve dollars is what it costs, you know what kind of dollar is on the safety side,” said Lewis.

They’re required every other year, unless your car is less than five years old.

But House Bill 1444, sponsored by Representative Eggleston, could remove them for Missouri. He said this could save people money, time, and the hassle of it.

“It’s just something less you gotta pay for,” said one local man.

”I’ve had to pay tons of money for different things that have to be fixed before you can get your tags or anything,” said another local man.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, in the 13 states that require car inspections, defective vehicles caused less than 2 percent of fatal crashes.

But surprisingly that number was even lower in states that do not demand these checks.

Representative Eggleston said these facts prove inspections and safety don’t go hand in hand.

Lewis said the cars he sees show otherwise.

"If you’re going down the interstate doing 70 miles per hour and that part breaks, that could cause major issues if not be fatal,” said Lewis.

According to Representative Eggleston’s research, eliminating inspections wouldn’t cause car shops to lose revenue.

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