Legislation recently introduced in North Carolina's senate is seeking to abolish the state's motor vehicle safety inspection program.
Senate Bill 1457, introduced by Democratic Sen. Charles Albertson, has drawn fire from the Automotive Service Association (ASA), which is urging its members and repair business owners to contact their state senator and ask them to oppose the bill when it comes before the Senate.
``We believe that state motor vehicle safety inspection programs work,'' said Bob Redding, Washington representative for Bedford, Texas-based ASA. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has avoided any responsibility for vehicle safety inspection, he continued, by leaving it up to the states.
``If the states shirk this responsibility, we could see more accidents, injuries and deaths related to faulty brakes, tires etc. Safety inspections and proper maintenance can help prevent many of these accidents,'' Mr. Redding said.
Safety inspection programs provide a high value to the consumer at a low cost, he added, and have proven to reduce accidents and thus reduce injuries to drivers and passengers.
``As far back as 1990, the Government Accounting Office issued a report stating NHTSA should resume its support for state safety inspection programs,'' Mr. Redding said.