Are Vehicle Inspections Necessary?

Written by Gregory Monte.

Last week I concluded that state vehicle inspections were not necessarily about safety: Vehicle Inspections – Is It Really About Safety? Some of the Facebook commentary in response to that post informed me that some states actually don’t have any inspections. This was news to me, so I decided to look into it a bit.

Turns out that this is very true. According to, the following 10 states don’t have this requirement:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota

But, but, but …

But what about all of those irresponsible drivers out there? Aren’t they going to be driving dangerous cars? What about the safety of all of the other people on the road?

This reaction reminds me of a blog post I wrote almost a year ago: Judge Decrees: Drivers “Can’t Be Trusted” to Monitor Their Own Speed. Here is what “his honor” had to say about speed limits in Com. v. Kondor, 651 A. 2d 1135 (1994):

“… less competent drivers need this kind of regulation [speed limits]; they cannot be trusted to choose an appropriate speed for themselves because they lack the skills to make a prudent choice.”

Can’t be trusted?

What a condescending prick!

Applying the judges “wisdom” to vehicle inspections, clearly those ten states are not of the opinion that motorists “can’t be trusted.”

And for good reason.

The vast majority of people keep their cars in decent condition, not because the state forces them to do so, but because they care if they or their loved ones live or die. I am a perfect example of this. Because I drive close to 1,000 per week, I make sure to get an oil change, tire rotation, brake check, etc. every time that I go to my mechanic – which is about every 4-5 weeks. Requiring my car to then undergo a vehicle inspection is just a wasted, added, unnecessary cost.

So, with all due respect to his “honor,” now I fully understand why they call judicial decisions “opinions.”

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