After false starts literally dating back decades, it appears the Legislature is finally getting traction in the effort to eliminate the annoying 'annual inspection sticker' from your vehicle's windshield, 1200 WOAI news reports.
That doesn't mean you won't have to get your car inspected every year, but the inspection process would simply be folded in to the annual vehicle registration process.
"The results of the inspection would then sent electronically troy the registrar of vehicles, and would allow them to recognize that your vehicle has been inspected," State Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) who is pushing the bill through the Legislature, told 1200 WOAI news.
The inspection sticker has long been disliked by motorists, and state officials have tried unsuccessfully for decades to eliminate 'inspection sticker fraud.' It is estimated by one open government group that 95% of shops which are licensed to perform state inspections have, at one point or another, had an employee who has agreed to allow a Junker to pass inspection in exchange for a little cash under the table.
"This would give us a uniform system which should after it is completely rolled out and we get the bugs out of it, make the system more efficient and easier for citizens," West said.
Right now, West's bill would not cut the cost of the inspection process, in fact, it calls for Diesel powered vehicles to undergo mandatory tailpipe inspections, and it lays out the process for all vehicles to be inspected for air quality compliance.
West says the current $14.50 cost of an annual inspection will be reviewed if the law kicks in.
"In the long term, we can look at what is the true cost of dealing with this system, and we may be able to reduce that cost," he said.
The bill for a combined sticker has passed the Senate and is pending in the House.