Currently in Florida, law enforcement is permitted to stop and cite drivers for bald tires, worn brakes or similar equipment issues. But there’s no formal way to get these vehicles off the road and get them fixed up because Florida doesn’t have annual vehicle inspections. Read more here.
In 2014, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) held the first annual safety inspection forum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This year, ASA, in conjunction with ASA-Midwest and the Missouri Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP-MO), will host the second Vehicle Safety Inspection and Maintenance Forum in St. Louis, Missouri. The half-day program will take place on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, and will serve as the next phase of ASA’s mission of raising awareness of the importance of periodic motor vehicle inspection programs and developing strategies to protect these programs. ASA encourages anyone involved in the automotive industry to attend this most important automotive safety program. Registration is free and attendees can sign up here.
On October 29, ASA’s legislative representative, Bob Redding, spoke on the popular aftermarket podcast, Remarkable Results. During the program, Bob outlined the details of ASA’s upcoming safety inspection forum on December 2nd, including the high caliber presenters and importance of remaining engaged in the effort to protect safety inspections.
Listen to the full podcast here.
For more information about attending the safety inspection forum, click here.
The study, entitled, “Failure rates and data driven policies for vehicle inspections in Pennsylvania,” explains the safety benefits of the annual inspection program.
Rail, truck, commercial bus, and aircraft have federally mandated safety inspection programs in the United States, while inspections of personal vehicles, which make up the majority of passenger miles, are optionally imposed at the state level. In recent years, some states have chosen to eliminate the vehicle safety inspection program because of budget constraints and concerns about program effectiveness. Currently, 26 states have a schedule for conducting safety inspections, but Pennsylvania is one of thirteen states that currently require all personal light duty vehicles to be inspected every year. The remaining states have completely eliminated safety inspection programs. However, as automobiles become safer, Pennsylvania legislators are now pushing to phase out the inspection program to reduce the costs of owning a vehicle. This study combines Pennsylvania vehicle registration data with two large samples of results from state safety inspections. We find that the state safety inspection fail rate for light-duty vehicles is 12–18%, well above the often-cited rate of 2%. Vehicles that are older than three years old or have more than about 30,000 miles can have much higher rates. When analyzing new vehicles, less than or equal to one year old, it is found that even these vehicles have a failure rate greater than zero. Furthermore, while the vehicle fleet appears to be getting safer over the past few years by improvements in technology or other external circumstances, the inspection failure rate does not appear to be trending toward zero in the near future. We also show that accurate inspection data is limited and often incorrectly analyzed. Lastly, the importance of vehicle maintenance over a vehicle’s lifetime is proven to be evident, since regular usage causes vehicles to deteriorate. We conclude that vehicle safety inspections should continue to be implemented in order to keep driving conditions safe.
For more information, or to obtain a complete copy of the study, please click here.
State Senator Elder Vogel (R-47) has introduced Senate Bill 353, a bill that would exempt vehicles from Pennsylvania’s emissions inspection and maintenance (I/M) program for 5 years after the model year. This same legislation was introduced in 2013 and was ultimately defeated by opposition from the automotive service industry.
ASA encourages all Pennsylvania repairers to contact their legislators and voice their opposition to this bill. To contact your representative, please click here.
When: Friday, November 14th, 2014, 12pm-4pm
Where: Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia (ADAGP) at 3311 Swede Road, East Norriton, PA
Why: To discuss the importance of periodic motor vehicle inspection programs and what can be done to protect these programs
- Global View of Vehicle Safety Inspections
- Presentation from an Accident Investigation Team
- Motor Vehicle Administrators Panel with Q&A
- Automotive Industry Panel with Q&A
Sponsors: ASA, ASA-PA, AASA
Registration is free. If you plan on attending, please fill out the form below.