With the approval today of the House Bill 982, it means the state is one step closer to doing away with safety inspection stickers.
The bill now goes back to the House to decide whether to concur with the Senate changes. If the House doesn’t concur, the bill will go to a conference committee.
Proponents of doing away with the inspections and stickers say it’s an antiquated requirement given modern automobiles and the $5 fee doesn’t cover the costs. They said the Department of Public Safety collects about $2 million to $3 million a year from inspections. But DPS in hearings on the issue last year told lawmakers the agency loses money on the program. Some service shops that offer inspections have complained that the $3 of the $5 they keep doesn’t cover the cost of a thorough vehicle inspection, and fewer shops offer the service.