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Lawmaker Proposes to Revise State's Auto Inspection Rules
02/14/2011 11:07 AM ET  

Ripley Republican Sen. Doug Thomas says new cars don't need a safety inspection every year.

It's the bane of car owners: the annual safety inspection. Now, state Sen. Doug Thomas, a Ripley Republican, is proposing to require that new cars be inspected only every other year for six years.

Similar proposals to relax auto inspections have been proposed before, but the annual inspection survives, and Thomas expects its defenders to come back out this year.

"They'll be there, I expect them to be there," he told Capitol News Service. "And we need to rewrite the rules. We've got a lot of things in the rule book that have nothing to do with safety inspections, and they're in there for all kinds of different reasons. And the usual lobby will be there to lobby against the bill."

Thomas says he wants to keep unsafe cars and trucks off the roads, but yearly inspections of new, and nearly new, vehicles is not necessary, and he says in many cases, Mainers end up paying for unneeded repairs.



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