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Miss. Close to Eliminating Vehicle Inspections

February 13, 2015

Photo courtesy of Mississippi Legislature.
Photo courtesy of Mississippi Legislature.

The Mississippi Senate on Feb. 11 passed a bill that would repeal the state’s annual vehicle safety inspection requirement.

A companion bill in the state House is still under consideration.

Mississippi law now requires vehicles to undergo an annual safety inspection that costs $5. Vehicles that pass the inspection are issued a special sticker to prove compliance. Each sticker includes a displayed expiration date.

Supporters of the inspection-repeal legislation argued that most state inspections aren’t thorough enough to keep unsafe cars and trucks off the road. What’s more, they said, many licensed drivers let the inspection stickers lapse without much consequence.

One supporter of the proposed repeal, Senator Giles Ward (R-Louisville), found a creative way to make his case, according to the Clarion-Ledger. He sent a group of pages out to check the compliance of vehicles parked in Senate parking spaces. Of the 88 vehicles checked, 23 had expired inspection stickers. Two vehicles had no inspection stickers affixed to them.

But the state vehicle inspection mandate still has its supporters. Some, including Senator Perry Lee (R-Mendenhall), argued that inspections need to become more stringent – not eliminated altogether. Further, a repeal will eliminate a major source of state revenue – about $8.6 million annually.

The proposed inspection repeal would not apply to vehicles with tinted windows, school buses, public buses, buses and vans owned or leased by nonprofit groups, limousines, or vehicles in government fleets.

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  1. 1. Michael [ February 24, 2015 @ 02:22PM ]

    So what is the accident rate in Mississippi of vehicles compaired to neighboring states?

  2. 2. john [ March 22, 2015 @ 07:25AM ]

    Bobby,

    I was reading your article titled "Pennsylvania may again consider scrapping annual vehicle inspections" dated 11/02/2014.

    Let me start by saying that I have over 20 years experience in the automotive repair industry. I possess numerous ASE certifications, an IMACA certification and even an HVAC license.

    So I, at least, think I know what I am talking about when I discuss the issues pertaining to state vehicle safety inspections.

    I am amused by the comments of repair shop owners like the one you interviewed, Bo Malacki of Mt. Lebanon Auto Service, when he states that you regularly see brakes that are metal to metal at inspection time because people won't have repairs performed until they are required by law, and that it is a safety issue.

    Does Mr. Malacki expect us to believe that these vehicles passed an inspection the previous year but are now in deplorably dangerous condition or is he suggesting that the previous inspector over looked these dangers? If he is suggesting the latter then what does that suggest about the program. Maybe he is suggesting that his inspectors are the only ones doing their jobs. Or maybe he thinks a vehicle owner will take his primary form of transportation and intentionally run it into the ground, indicating the previous inspector and Mr. Malacki's inspectors are not using the law to extort money from citizens, and will turn the radio up to overcome the screeching sound from the squeelers on the brake pads allowing them to wear down to the point of metal to metal as he claims.

    While it is true that bulbs can burn out at any time, is Mr. Malacki suggesting that the state and local police officers sit around eating doughnuts or that no good samaritan would inform a driver that a light is out?

    Does Mr. Malacki offer "FREE" courtesy checks like every shop I have ever worked for does so that owners can be advised of their vehicles condition regularly? Or is he exploiting the law because his patrons take his recommendations to another shop for a second opinion and a better price?

    In my area the inspectors are attempting to bolster the rejection percentage so that they, the state police and state legislators can claim that a real safety issue exists. However, they know that if the item a vehicle is being rejected for is expensive then a customer may leave, having the repair done elsewhere and return for the re-inspection only.

    The rejection percentages will rise but at the expense of their technician's time. So they reject ALL vehicles here for wiper blades.

    People use wipers and/or washer solvent regularly: to remove condensation, bird droppings, pollen as well as rain. Do these inspectors believe that a vehicle owner will not know about the condition of these wiper blades from this usage or are they suggesting that , as Mr. Malacki would, owners would not pay $15.00 for replacement wiper blades until that have destroyed a $350.00 windshield?

    I posted a comment on your website and am going to include it here again for you.

    I’ve read comments from state inspectors claiming that numerous vehicles are severely in need of repairs when they are inspected. However, this claim goes more to prove my argument for the law being unconstitutional than it does for the safety that these inspections provide. If these vehicles are so unsafe then what can we assume about the condition of vehicles crossing state boarders from states that do not require an inspection, but are here based on state legislators need for tourism. Federal legislators claim that it is a state issue. However, if my claim is correct and the program does discriminate between state residents and the treatment of vehicle owners entering the state then it is a federal issue which also involves interstate commerce. Don’t we expect individuals crossing our state boarders to comply with our state’s speed limit laws, and don’t we provide weigh stations for large trucks entering our highways. If state legislators want to claim state’s rights then someone should remind them of the courts decision on the gay marriage ban. And if the program were to be fair to all residents of all states to comply with a required safety issue then it would be a federal mandate, not a state mandate.
    Please read my argument below:

    Subject: Eliminate the State Vehicle Safety Inspection Mandate.

    CAN WE PLEASE MOVE INTO THE

    21st CENTURY?!!!!!

    http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/PED/Reports/documents/VSI/VSI_Exec_Summary.pdf

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_inspection_in_the_United_States

    http://articles.dailypress.com/2013-08-11/news/dp-nws-street-smart-0811-20130811_1_paperwork-drivers-inspection

    The Virginia State Vehicle Safety Inspection Mandate is unconstitutional because it discriminates against all of Virginia’s vehicle owners by requiring that they submit to having their vehicles certified annually or lose the privilege of driving on the very roads that their tax dollars are used to maintain while allowing vehicles that are not registered in Virginia to enter our boarders and travel upon the very same roads unencumbered by this mandate, potentially putting the lives of the individuals that submitted to the mandate and proved compliance in peril from vehicles that are not regulated and may be deemed unsafe based on the same Virginia Safety Inspection criteria.

  3. 3. john [ March 22, 2015 @ 07:28AM ]



    02/02/2015

    In reference to your article dated 02/01/2015 and titled "Do Petitions Sway Local Politicians" Newport News Mayor, McKinley Price, was quoted as saying "for me, what makes a difference is when they come down (to city hall) to address some points of clarity. That's when you know they have skin in the game."

    I take exception to these remarks because unlike individuals that have the financial backing to run for office, the average citizen can't afford to take time off from work to address concerns at the city hall.

    Sometimes the answer is far simpler than who has the most signatures or whether those signatures are representative of the entire public

    Frequently, it can be boiled down to the difference between right and wrong.

    This is a concept that has long eluded our elected officials.

    For years I have been unsuccessfully requesting state legislators to repeal the Virginia State Vehicle Inspection Mandate like Oklahoma did in 2001, D.C. did in 2009 and New Jersey did in 2010. And I think all of Virginia's residents have skin in this game.

    If this law were based on a concern for safety then it would be counterintuitive for the same legislators that are enforcing it to promote tourism while more and more states are abolishing the requirement.

    Additionally, it can be argued that the treatment of state residents as compared to state visitors would constitute discrimination.

    I believe that it is unlikely that the U.S. Supreme court will negate the decisions made by 36 state supreme court judges on the gay marriage ban, and this determination will effectively redefine "discrimination" since this decision will be based on that same argument.

    Therefore, as a paid spokesperson for the city of Newport News what would make a difference to me is for the mayor to take my argument to the Virginia Attorney General, Mark Herring, and have him weigh in on my claims and provide a public determination as he did with the gay marriage ban.

    The Virginia State Vehicle Safety Inspection Mandate is unconstitutional because it discriminates against all of Virginia's vehicle owners by requiring that they submit to having their vehicles certified annually or lose the privilege of driving on the very same roads that their tax dollars are used to maintain while allowing vehicles that are not registered in Virginia to enter our boarders and travel upon the very same roads unencumbered by this mandate, potentially placing the lives of the individuals that submitted to the mandate and proved compliance in peril from vehicles that are not regulated and may be deemed unsafe based on the same Virginia Safety Inspection criteria.

 

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