Senate bill could nix mandatory vehicle safety inspections in Texas

Senate bill could nix mandatory vehicle safety inspections in Texas

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Mandatory vehicle safety inspections could be a thing of the past if a senate bill makes its way through the Texas legislature.

SB 1588 aims to get rid of the mandatory inspections.

"On average we do anywhere from seven to twelve inspections a day," Lube Manager at All American Super Car Wash on Kell Boulevard, Robby Taylor said.

They cost drivers around $7.00.

"We just make sure the general safety features of the vehicle are in good shape," Taylor said.

The inspections his crew completes brings in about $2,000 a month. But if it was something they did not have to do anymore, Taylor said financially the business would not be affected.

"State inspection takes about 20 to 30 minutes to do. In 20 or 30 minutes we could do two to three oil changes. We could make more money off of doing other (services) in the same time it takes to do an inspection," he said.

It is a move Wichita Falls resident Robert Hollingsworth would be in favor of.

"There are a number of large states with larger car populations, if you will, that don't do state inspections. That haven't for years, and we don't hear large reports of accelerated car accidents because of poor maintenance," Hollingsworth said.

Roman Lumsden, of the Dallas-Fort Worth area,  thinks without mandatory inspections, people would not keep their cars in good shape.

Lumsden said while drivers could save money by not paying for inspections, this could cause them to spend even more.

"Somebody hits you when their breaks weren't working or they slide into you because their tires weren't good -- it could cost you more," Lumsden said.

Taylor said he is tied up on the issue adding there are pros and cons either way you go.

The senate bill is going to committee. Stay with Newschannel 6 as we follow its progress.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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