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Reeves' bill to kill car inspections heads to full Senate

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ effort to rid the state of its $5 auto inspection sticker requirement won passage Thursday from the Senate Finance Committee.

Senate Bill 2519 next goes to the full Senate. Similar bills died in the Legislature the last two years. The state has had the requirement since 1977, according to the Insurance Journal.

Estimates are the stickers bring state about $2.3 million annually. The shop doing the inspection keeps $3 and the state gets $2.

The fine for failure to have a valid sticker varies by county, but usually is about $125, according to the Insurance Journal.

“The vehicle inspection sticker is not an effective or efficient way to collect what is essentially a $5 tax,” Reeves said. “Many states are eliminating the inspection sticker as vehicles are manufactured with improved safety features, and I think we should join them.”

Florida, Alabama and Arkansas have eliminated inspection requirements.

Currently, state troopers inspect the commercial garages and other places that serve as inspection stations. Reeves said he would like to see these troopers on the road protecting the public.

 

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