South Carolina Bill to Establish Vehicle Safety Inspection Program

by ASA | March 24, 2017 3:09 pm

ASA Supports Annual Inspection Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 24, 2017 – South Carolina House Bill (HB) 3989, introduced by State Rep. Joseph Jefferson, D-102, would require all vehicles registered in the state to undergo an annual safety inspection. Current law does not require vehicle safety inspections.

ASA’s Washington, D.C., Representative, Bob Redding, said, “The Automotive Service Association has been a longtime supporter of periodic motor vehicle inspections. This bill would require technicians to check, at a minimum, a vehicle’s lights, tires and brakes. These are all systems that can, and will, wear out at some point during a vehicle’s lifespan.

“Regular safety inspections by a qualified technician can identify and repair safety issues that arise from normal wear and tear of the vehicle. With only 15 states currently requiring any sort of safety inspection, we are pleased to see South Carolina taking steps to institute this common-sense approach to protecting the motoring public.”

If enacted, the legislation would take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. ASA supports South Carolina HB 3989 and encourages all interested parties to visit to contact their state representatives in support of this bill.

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Contact: ASA Washington, D.C. Office
(202) 543-1440

For Release: Immediate
News Bulletin 17.10

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