Proposed Hawaii rule would weaken vehicle inspection program

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Hawaii State Sen. Sam Slom (R-8) has introduced legislation that would dilute the Hawaii State Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Program.

According to the Automotive Service Association (ASA), the rule would abolish the requirement that all motor vehicles obtain an annual certificate of inspection. Hawaii Senate Bill 2625 has not been addressed in a committee as of yet.

ASA opposes these changes to the Hawaii Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Program. The group says the bill’s effect would be to create less-safe highways in Hawaii – more accidents leading to more injuries and possibly more deaths.

State government studies of vehicle safety inspection programs in Missouri and Pennsylvania have indicated that inspection programs deter accidents, injuries and deaths. The bill, if passed, would take effect upon its approval.

ASA asks Hawaii repairers to contact their legislators and express their opposition to S.B. 2625. Repairers can go to ASA’s legislative website at to send an opposition letter.

To view full text of the bill, visit ASA’s legislative website at

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