BEDFORD, Texas—The Automotive Service Association has published its annual Report on Vehicle Safety Inspection Programs. Each year the ASA compiles the report to show the wide variety of approaches states take on vehicle safety. It cited a finding by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that states with annual vehicle safety inspection programs had accident rates 17 percent lower than those without inspections.
The association promotes and supports federal programs for assistance to the states in establishing motor vehicle inspections for safety.
Federal programs should provide inspection criteria and give technical, limited administrative and financial start-up assistance to the states, ASA said, so that each may implement an inspection program tailored to meet its own unique requirements.
The group also supports legislation that encourages states to adopt safety inspection programs, combined with vehicle emission inspection (I/M) programs where feasible.
While information in the ASA's report is current, it noted that inspection programs change constantly. To ensure automotive service professionals and others have current data, ASA updates and reprints the report each year.
To obtain a free copy, call ASA toll free at (800) 272-7467, ext. 240 or ext. 246.