Ending annual vehicle inspections is good government rollback

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Robert Pratt

When you get true conservatives in your legislature you get some good proposals that actually shrink government’s role in our lives.

Take HB1588 from Senator Don Huffines of Dallas for example.

Huffines’ bill repeals the annual vehicle inspection requirement we all go through. Did you know that only sixteen states still have an inspection law?

“With significant technological advances in vehicle design and technology, this 66-year-old program is a relic of the past,” Huffines said in a news release. “State government is wasting Texans’ time & money on the annual chore of passenger inspections when 34 other states, including populous states like California, don’t require it of their drivers. Once you realize that these inspections aren’t about safety, it’s clear that they’re simply a tax on Texans’ time and money.”

…that is why it is so disappointing when local voters confuse insider-Republicanism with conservative-Republicanism.

Huffines mentioned that in Nebraska, a state that repealed its inspection program, there was a 16 percent decrease in defect-related crashes after the inspection law was repealed.” In other words, the inspection regime isn’t making the roads safer and given that only sixteen states even bother with it any more it’s fairly clear that it is an unnecessary process.

You wouldn’t have gotten a proposal like this from establishment Austin-insider John Carona who previously occupied the seat. Nope, we get government rollback only from true conservatives and that is why it is so disappointing when local voters confuse insider-Republicanism with conservative-Republicanism.

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