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U.S. House Bill introduced to encourage state vehicle safety inspection
Publish date: Jan 17, 2011

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, has introduced House Bill 229,
the Michael Jon Newkirk Transportation Safety Enhancement Act of 2011,
that establishes national standards for state safety inspections for
motor vehicles. The bill requires states to establish minimum annual
vehicle safety inspection programs or lose specific federal funds.

Included in the requirements listed in the language of this new bill,
states must enact and enforce "a law that requires the owner of a motor
vehicle registered in the state to present the vehicle for inspection on
an annual basis to ensure that the vehicle meets or exceeds motor
vehicle safety standards to be established by the state. At a minimum,
such standards shall ensure that the seatbelts and speedometer installed
in the vehicle are operable."

Less than half the states have vehicle safety inspection programs and of
those programs that do exist, many have inconsistent standards. The
Automotive Service Association (ASA) supports federal legislation
mandating periodic state motor vehicle safety inspection with a minimum
level of safety standards. ASA has proposed to the Congress expanding
the number of minimum standards included in the vehicle inspection if
the Congress moves forward with safety inspection legislation.

Both the states of Missouri and Pennsylvania have conducted studies
demonstrating the importance of periodic motor vehicle safety
inspections as a deterrent to vehicle accidents, injuries and deaths.

To view the full text of U.S. House Resolution 229, visit ASA's
legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.