One day down, four to go during week two of the 2017 legislative session.
One bill being addressed this week is House Bill 597 by Lawrence Bagley of Stonewall. The bill calls for eliminating inspection stickers on most cars and trucks, with the exception of commercial vehicles and student transportation.
If this bill passes, most people would no longer have to take their cars in to get inspections. The impact of such a bill could be felt on the roadways and in local repair shops.
Mechanic Michael Mayo has been repairing vehicles for 42 years and has seen it all.
That's probably a bad bill," said Mayo. "Eliminating inspections is just going to make it that many more unsafe vehicles on the road today."
Mechanic Lee Sawyer has a different perspective.
"I completely agree with eliminating the stickers," said Sawyer. Nine times out of ten, when a car comes in, you could tell right off the bat that a car wouldn't pass inspection just based off a visual inspection."
Even though car inspections will not be mandatory if the bill is passed, you can still get stopped by Louisiana State Police.
"If we find a violation, that may result in a citation. It is a lot more expensive than going to an inspection station," said Sgt. James Anderson. "Having someone find a problem and taking care of the issue on your own."
But the proposed bill could be an adjustment for State Police as well.
"If we're having to spend more time taking a closer look at vehicles for safety violations, it may take a bit of our time away from other things that we do," Anderson said.
Rep. Lawrence Bagley said the only commercial vehicles not required to have the sticker are Uber and Lyft. If you'd like to analyze House Bill 597 for yourself, you can check it out here.
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