Eliminating mandatory vehicle inspections will hurt Utah public safety

Monday , March 20, 2017 - 7:00 AM6 comments

In your "Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down" editorial of March 6, 2017, you wrote: “Thumbs down: To legislation eliminating required vehicle safety checks. House Bill 265 passed the House last week and advanced to the Senate."

Five years ago (March 8, 2012), your "Our View" editorial opened, "We support a measure that would significantly reduce the number of auto inspections in which Utah drivers are forced to deal."

In my response to your earlier "Our View,” I made four points which I still feel are very appropriate:

1) Approximately 23 percent of the vehicles inspected in Utah do not meet vehicle safety requirements. Elimination of safety inspections means that almost one in four vehicles on the road will not have safe tires, brakes, windshield visibility, lights, steering, etc.

2) Adding extra Utah Highway Patrol personnel will not reduce the increased risk of accidents involving unsafe (and safe) vehicles (as the earlier article tried to promote).

3) The loss of income for the businesses providing inspection and services to correct the safety deficiencies of unsafe vehicles will be significant.

4) Elimination of safety inspections will result in Utah being classified as a "higher risk territory." Higher insurance premiums will surely follow.

If you drive a vehicle, it is your responsibility to keep it mechanically safe. By eliminating mandatory state inspections, the public safety of everyone on the road will be compromised.

Ken Wanlass

Brigham City

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