ASA Thanks Texas Senators for Rejecting Bill

April 4, 2023
A bill that would have eliminated Texas’ vehicle safety inspection program was rejected by the Texas Senate Transportation Committee, prompting the Automotive Service Association to offer thanks.

A bill that would have eliminated Texas’ vehicle safety inspection program was rejected by the Texas Senate Transportation Committee, prompting the Automotive Service Association (ASA) to thank those in Texas that helped urge their representatives, according to a press release.

The bill, SB 684, received three votes in favor and five against. ASA recognized “Senators Royce West, Carol Alvarado, Sarah Eckhardt, Kelly Hancock, and Phil King” for “taking the time to listen to the policy experts, examine the empirical evidence, and ultimately voting to protect Texas communities.”

The ASA opposed this bill, as well as a previous version that proposed changing annual vehicle inspections to every five years. The organization stated that it “thanks its Texan members and allies” for reaching out to their legislators and voicing their concerns over the bill.

ASA’s Washington, D.C. representative, Bob Redding, said that “the Texas Senate Transportation Committee did the right thing for the state by defeating this bill,” and that Texas’ vehicle inspection program is “a successful vehicle inspection program that protects the motoring public.”

“This private-public partnership program should not be eliminated,” Redding added. “Instead, the legislature should heed its own 2018 study’s recommendations and consider adding additional inspection items to the program.”

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