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Thursday, 28 March 2019 17:04

ASA’s 'Washington Watch' Webinar Features Industry Association Leaders

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Those bills include Missouri House Bill 451, Texas House Bill 3665, Hawaii House Bill 85, and Virginia House Bill 2068. Missouri House Bill 451 would repeal the requirement that all motor vehicles must obtain an inspection before the vehicle may be licensed. ASA, ACA and TIA all opposed the bill, stressing that periodic vehicle safety inspection programs help protect property and lives.

 

“The Missouri bill is a mirror image of what was presented last year. We fought it in 2018, and the bill died in legislature, but each year, these bills get a little further. We’ve been banning together to stop the Missouri bill, but there are others,” Redding said.

 

Redding introduced Littlefield and Tucker, who expressed concerns with states trying to take safety programs away.

 

Tucker stated, “ACA strongly believes in safety programs and regular vehicle maintenance and care. Vehicles are becoming more technologically sophisticated. My car affects your safety, and your car affects my safety, so if a car isn’t adequately repaired or inspected, we are all in danger. Every vehicle on the road should meet minimum safety standards, and that’s why these programs are so important. We need to rethink our strategies and become more proactive in the states where these programs are being attacked.”

 

Discussing third-party evidence of how inspection programs impact vehicle safety, the group referenced the University of Texas – Austin study, which looked at economics and safety and affirmed that inspection programs save lives and enhance safety.

 

Tucker pointed out, “You can’t get any better evidence than that. A safety inspection in Texas costs just $9, which is a small price to pay to ensure all vehicles on our roads are safe. Pennsylvania and Missouri also published reports that validate these findings. If we have three groundbreaking safety inspection studies that all say the same thing, the real question is: Why aren’t policymakers listening to real data instead of emotional arguments?”

 

When Redding asked why we see such passion to eliminate these programs from some policymakers, Tucker suggested, “Most policymakers really try to be responsive to the needs of their constituents, so if a constituent brings a concern, the elected officials often try to pursue legislation to fix it, but that’s not always the best solution.


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