North Texas Lawmaker Proposes Ending Vehicle Inspections

UPDATED | November 17, 2016 1:50 PM

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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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  1. Keeping your vehicle up to snuff is what everyone does to have a reliable ride. Vehicle inspections are just an unnecessary drain people. Most states have already done away with them and inspections in the Dallas and surrounding area are over inflated which is another drain when the price of living is three to four times higher than other areas of the state. If a station owner cannot stay afloat without the inspections then he is just milking the system. Car repair is costly so maybe he is focusing on the wrong thing for his business. This would be a good change for everyone.

  2. Bill Boyer says:

    Bad idea. We already have too many unsafe, stinking, polluting cars on the road in Texas. The number will multiply significantly without yearly inspections. They should also bring back the headlight aiming test — get some of the cars with the poorly-aimed, illegal, add-on HID (read blue) headlight bulbs off the road.

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