UPDATE 4/10/2018 HB1444 To Repeal Missouri State Safety Inspection Program
The House Committee for Administrative Oversight has voted DO PASS with a vote of 7-4. The Bill will next be sent to the floor.
If you have not contacted the House with your opposition to this bill please do so.
Here is how the House Transportation Committee voted to move the bill forward out of committee:
Ayes (6): Corlew, Hurst, May, Reiboldt, Ruth and Tate
Noes (3): Burns, Korman and Runions
Absent (2): Cornejo and Kolkmeyer
This bill would repeal the Missouri State Safety Inspection Program. This would be a huge disservice to the safety of the motoring public of Missouri and their families.
Please keep in mind that the Missouri State Safety Inspection Program and GVIP Federally Mandated Emission Inspections are two separate inspections that are tied together. Another element of the program includes the School Bus Safety Inspections.
Why Do They Want To Repeal The Missouri State Safety Inspection Program?
- Is it because safety inspections don’t make a difference in the safety of the vehicles on Missouri roads? States that do not have Safety Inspection Programs have almost twice as many fatalities due to mechanical failures than Missouri does. (MO: 1 in 130 fatalities related to vehicle defects as compared to 1-70 fatalities for states without vehicle safety inspections)
- Did you know that 50% of Missouri’s fleet is 10 years old or older.
- The average for failure for a Vehicle safety defect is 18% This number increases with the age of vehicles. Vehicles 11-15 years old = 20.8% defective rate, vehicles age 16-20 = 25.4% defective rate.
- Is it because the cost is too much? The Safety Inspection fee is $12 every two years; this is the greatest value available. It’s like buying a cheese burger for a nickel. The inspection includes: inspection of the brakes, lighting equipment, signaling devices, steering mechanisms, horns, mirrors, windshield wipers, tires, wheels, exhaust system, glazing (glass/windshield), air pollution devices and fuel system. The cost for this should be in the $55 dollar range, based on average shop labor rates and the time it takes to properly perform the safety inspection. This is the cheapest insurance program available. Isn’t it worth $12 every two years for a little piece of mind and to know your family is in a safe vehicle? Much like a yearly physical exam where you try to catch medical issues early before they become major medical issues; the vehicle safety inspection helps identify vehicle safety defective items early so they can be repaired before total equipment failure causes a traffic accident that could result in injury or death.
- Is it because the program is unfair? There are checks and balances if your vehicle fails inspection you have the right to get it repaired any place you would like or even do it yourself. If your vehicle fails the Missouri State Safety Inspection and you disagree with the failure, the Missouri State Highway Patrol will inspect it at no charge to you.
- Is it because the program has no value? Other than the most important value of saving lives the program also provides consumer protection to buyers of used vehicles. All vehicles must pass a Missouri State Safety Inspection upon lawful sale and title transfer.
- Is it because the agricultural community feels it is too much trouble to inspect their harvest vehicles because of limited use. In my opinion that is all the more reason for them to be inspected. Vehicles that are not operated in a consistent manor tend to deteriorate faster than vehicles used on a regular basis. Things such as steel brake lines rusting or damage from mice to name a few. We should never put the safety of the motoring public aside to make it easier for a particular group of citizens.
- School Bus Safety Inspections: (increased safety risk for children) If Safety Inspection Program is repealed the funding to perform the School Bus inspections is eliminated. It would also eliminate any administrative penalties (i.e. suspensions, revocations) for official “school bus inspection” stations for failing to conduct a proper school bus inspection that is required to be conducted by an “official inspection station” 60 days prior to the beginning of a school year. (307.375 RSMo)
- Emissions (GVIP) Program: MSHP is required by statute to co-administer the GVIP emission program. This bill eliminates all the funding used by MSHP to administer the Federally Mandated State Emission Program.
- In just the last five years there have been five bills introduced in Missouri, of them three were for Farm vehicle exemptions and two for repeal. None of them progressed to a vote. Just about every legislative session we see a bill to change or repeal the Safety Inspection Program. How many times are we going to waste state resources on this?
2018 HB1444 – Repeal Safety Inspections
2016 HB1768 – Exempt Farm Vehicles
2015 HB1326 – Exempt Farm vehicles & HB455 – Repeals Safety Inspections
2014 HB 2046 – Exempt Farm Vehicles
Instead of repealing the program we suggest that it be updated and improved. The first step would be to apply the electronic system used in the non-attainment area (St. Louis, St. Charles and Franklin Counties) to the entire state, eliminating the handwritten inspections. Removing the handwritten inspections would greatly reduce any fraud that is in the program. Every vehicle is required to have a picture of the VIN and license plate of the vehicle being inspected. This means the vehicle has to be physically present. Also the storage of all of the completed inspection forms and the use of the forms could be terminated helping Missouri to become environmentally greener.
Instead of putting the motoring public at risk by repealing the program lets give the MSHP some tools they can use to remove shops from the program that do not provide proper inspections. The vehicles are changing at a rapid pace with new technology that is not reflected in the current program IE; ABS (Anti-Locking Brake System),TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) both will illuminate a warning light on the dash.