JEFFERSON CITY - You would not need to take your car in every year for a safety inspection under a bill heard Tuesday by the House Motor Vehicle and Traffic Regulations Committee.
It is considering Senate-approved legislation that would require safety inspections every three years. Since 1969, cars have been required to have an annual inspection, for which a shop may charge $7. The bill would raise the cost of the inspection to $21.
Those in favor of the measure say it's a hassle and unnecessary to have cars inspected every year and the fee currently charged is too low.
Some committee members want to amend the bill to require an inspection every two years for $14. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Sam Graves, R-Tarkio, said he would not oppose such an amendment.
Eleven people spoke against the bill, including Col. W.L. Wilhoit, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Most of those opposed to the bill are mechanics who told the committee they fear lengthening the mandatory inspection time will hurt public safety. Less frequent inspections lead to more defects going unfixed, which will cause more accidents, they said.
The hour-long hearing adjourned without a vote being taken. Rep. Ken Legan, R-Halfway, said he expects the bill will clear the committee in some form next week.