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Texas Bills Aim to End Vehicle Safety Inspection Program

Texas Senate Bill (SB) 1588, introduced by state Sen. Donald Huffines, R-16, would dismantle Texas’ safety inspection program and institute an “inspection program replacement fee” due at a vehicle’s registration or registration renewal.

SB 1588’s House counterpart, HB 3995, also calls for the elimination of the safety inspection program.

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is a long-time supporter of vehicle safety inspections and opposes these bills. Robert Redding Jr., ASA’s Washington, D.C., representative, said, “Texas has a successful vehicle inspection program that protects the motoring public. This private-public partnership program should not be eliminated without further research and input from stakeholders. Other states have pursued exhaustive studies and determined that these safety inspection programs prevent accidents and injuries, as well as save lives. We ask that repairers contact their legislators and request these bills be defeated.”

ASA encourages all interested parties in Texas to visit TakingTheHill.com to contact their state representatives in opposition to these bills.

The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and collision repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous state affiliate and chapter groups.

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. To take advantage of the many benefits of membership in ASA, please visit ASAshop.org or call (817) 514-2900.

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