Vehicle Inspections – Is It Really About Safety?

Written by Gregory Monte.

I always assumed that vehicle inspections were required for safety reasons. After all, improperly maintained cars are hazardous to all drivers. But then I read that both the Virginia and West Virginia legislatures are considering extending inspections to every other year. In fact, they even thought about making them every three years.

Turns out, its not necessarily only about safety after all:

“Del. Ed Evans, D-Mc-Dowell County, said it’s a complicated issue … another factor is revenue that local businesses receive from inspections and subsequent repairs.”

He admitted receiving:

“… an email from a business that said they really depend on that revenue and it keeps two people employed,”

Of course, the state will still get its revenue because the actual inspection sticker (at least in West Virginia) will double in price from $3 to $6.

Revenue rather than safety … where have I heard that before?

Oh, yes, now I remember …

Traffic Tickets Provide “Revenue” and “Profit” for the Government.


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