Hawaii looks to loosen safety inspection program

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April 1, 2011 — Legislation recently introduced in Hawaii would take some bite out of the state’s motor vehicle safety inspection program by exempting vehicles from testing for the first two to three years, according to the Automotive Service Association (ASA).

Hawaii Senate Bill 1416, introduced by Democratic Sen. Donna Mercado Kim, passed through the Transportation Committee and was referred to the House Judiciary Committee. If the bill passes, it will take effect at the start of 2013.

The ASA is opposing the bill, which it argues could result in reduced safety on the roads. Studies in other states have shown inspection programs reduce accidents, injuries and deaths, according to the ASA.

The ASA is urging Hawaii repairers to contact their legislators to oppose the bill. To view the legislation, go to the ASA’s legislative website, takingthehill.org.
 

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