NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s just in the idea phase right now, but a proposal by a Texas lawmaker could mean less money spent by just about every driver in the state. State Senator Don Huffines (R-Dallas) is pushing for the state to ditch state inspections.
Huffines says Texans shouldn’t have to pay to get their cars inspected, shelling out cash for what he calls a “tax on time” and a waste of money.
According to Huffines, each day some 50,000 Texans pay for inspections. He says his idea isn’t unique and that 34 states have already gotten rid of inspections.
The proposal may seem like a no brainer, but not everyone’s on board with the idea.
There are also claims the impact could be felt on the roadways and in local repairs shops.
Manager Don Scott has completed thousands of vehicle inspections at a gas station in University Park. He says about 20-percent of his business comes from inspections and without them he’d have to cut jobs. “If we don’t do inspections and all I do is oil changes, I don’t need the help,” he explained.
Right now, state senators are only gathering information on Huffines proposal and even if it were considered it would have a long way to go before becoming law since it would have to pass in both the state Senate and House and be signed by the governor.
Huffines inspection elimination proposal is only for personal vehicles. Commercial vehicles would still get inspected.
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