HB 265: Repealing the Vehicle Safety Inspection Program

This Bill passed the House 45-29 and the Senate 19-6.

Libertas Institute supports this bill.

Utah is the only western state to require mandatory safety inspections as a condition of vehicle ownership and use. See the following graphic for which states still retain this program:

Accidents from mechanical safety failures (the reason for the program according to proponents) are rare in Utah; only 3.8% of car accidents occur due to a mechnical error. Improved roads, public education efforts, and the vehicles themselves have minimized accidents; mandatory inspections do not appear to contribute to this rate being so low. And Utah drivers collectively pay over $25 million annually due to this program—money that should be retained for them to use on actual maintenance as needed by their vehicle.

Read more in our recent Public Policy Brief on this issue.

House Bill 265, sponsored by Representative Dan McCay, would repeal this program as has been done in all our neighboring states.

Past attempts to limit this program has seen hoardes of Jiffy Lube mechanics coming to the Capitol in opposition—a clear sign, in our view, that this program serves no valid public purpose, but does serve a private purpose, helping an industry acquire guaranteed customers.

  • totalchaos777

    Jiffy Lube can get bent,  I’m tired of cleaning up after them and the shoddy jobs they do. But, The inspection program is a decent system.
    I as an inspector for where i work only fail less than 10% of all the inspections I do per year…Most of the fails are due to tint. The rest are brake issues. One vehicle in 5 years ended up in the salvage yard, This vehicle needed to be off the road. 25 mil is cheap compared to a few lawsuits.

  • gillyboatbruff

    Sigh.  This again.  Only 3.8% of car accidents are due to mechanical problems.  Maybe because people have to fix their cars to pass inspection.  So Rep. McCay wants a higher percentage of accidents to be from mechanical problems, is that right?

  • Stimmie78

    As a former inspector, I fully support this bill.  If an inspector really did a “by the book” inspection, the car would be in the shop for a day at least… Waste of resources in my opinion

  • antodav

    Texas is not a “western state”?

  • gillyboatbruff According to a NHTSA (https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812115), the national average for car accidents due to mechanical problems is 2% (+/-0.7%).

    Using your logic, it’d seem that removing the inspection program would make us safer. “So gillyboatbruff wants a higher percentage of accidents to be from mechanical problems, is that right?”

  • sterlingwinds

    James D gillyboatbruff You know the police are NOT required to inspect a vehicle to see if a safety related part failure caused the crash, right?  So we have NO accurate statistics for how many crashes are due to vehicle safety failures.

  • sterlingwinds

    Good for Utah for prioritizing public safety with this program.  We need to put some teeth into it and make it more thorough and mandatory for all years.

  • DeWhite Knight

    If this inspection is not mandatory, the State will find another way to make up the $25M loss.  Either way I’m going to pay the price.  At least with the inspections I get the peace of mind that the car behind me going 70 mph has had it’s brakes checked within the last year.  If the State raises gas tax to make up the difference I get nothing (like peace of mind) for my $.

  • dlduncan

    So what about Motorcycles?  Does anybody know if Motorcycles would be exempt from safety inspections under this bill?

  • MarshallBare

    Great move to give us more freedom but what the heck raising registration! Gov’t, cut your fat instead of constantly increasing taxes and gov’t fees!

  • Brian

    How about we work on emissions now!

    • michael



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