Legislation would eliminate the state’s vehicle safety inspection program for non-commercial vehicles
Washington, D.C.—The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has called on the Texas State Senate to oppose House Bill (HB) 3297. This legislation would eliminate the state’s vehicle safety inspection program for non-commercial vehicles.
On Monday, the State Affairs Committee passed HB 3297 on a 8-3 vote. However, earlier this legislative session, the Texas Senate Transportation Committee rejected SB 684 — a similar bill — by a vote of three in favor and five against. Research, including a study commissioned by the legislature in 2017, unequivocally demonstrates that regular testing of a vehicle’s tires, brakes, windshield wipers, lights and beams, seat belts and other components plays a critical role in preventing injuries, deaths and loss of property.
Bob Redding, ASA’s Washington, D.C. representative, stated, “The Texas Senate has an opportunity to do the right thing for their constituents by not advancing this bill. Texas has a successful vehicle inspection program that protects the motoring public. This private-public partnership program should not be eliminated. Instead, the legislature should heed its own study’s recommendations and consider adding additional inspection items to the program.”
ASA continues to encourage Texas residents to email their State Senators by visiting https://www.votervoice.net/ASASHOP/campaigns/105053/respond