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Does Maine Need A Vehicle Inspection Prograam?
01-07-2018, 07:34 PM
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Does Maine Need A Vehicle Inspection Prograam?
http://www.themainewire.com/2017/12/main...n-program/

My vote would be no. What say you?

Over the last two decades, 16 states have repealed their vehicle inspection programs. Today, Maine is one of just 17 states with annual or biannual vehicle inspection programs on the books, calling into question Maine’s need for the program.

Maine drivers spend an estimated $16 million to get their vehicles inspected each year. While vehicle inspections burden every Mainer, the program is particularly harmful to low-income earners who already struggle to pay the $15 inspection fee, let alone potentially hundreds of dollars in repairs to legally drive their vehicle on Maine roads.

The stated purpose of a vehicle inspection program is to ensure that vehicles driven on public roadways safe and do not pose a threat to drivers, passengers and other motorists. Proponents of vehicle inspections assert that the program is necessary for protecting the health and safety of everyone traveling on Maine roads. However, vehicles are inherently dangerous for a number of reasons, and the data does not back the assertion that inspections improve safety.
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01-07-2018, 09:25 PM
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RE: Does Maine Need A Vehicle Inspection Prograam?
The worst problem with our inspection system is that those who find the "faults" for the most part get paid to fix them. One could say they had LOTS of incentive to find bad brake lines etc which is a common scam. I have known people who have paid over $500 to get their car inspected and that is a grave injustice.

If we do this they state should run the "inspection of the vehicle" on a professional basis, with no incentive to find faults that are NOT there. Then you can have any mechanic you want fix the car.

Personally I would do away with it on personal vehicles. Most of them don't last more than ten years on these salt roads anyway.

The current system gives the inspection licensees.....a license to steal IMHO!

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01-07-2018, 10:16 PM
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RE: Does Maine Need A Vehicle Inspection Prograam?
Remember when it was every six months? That really stunk! Vehicles have improved greatly - exhaust systems often last 10 plus years now, tires last 3- 4 times as long as they did 40 years ago. Police are very astute in checking light bulb operation, they'll always let you know if something is amiss.
Sure, I would support ending Maine's inspection program - it's not the 1950's any more.
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01-08-2018, 07:05 AM
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RE: Does Maine Need A Vehicle Inspection Prograam?
If the reason is to make the roads safe, then why allow vehicles from other states that have not been inspected to drive around the state? How many accidents are caused by vehicle mechanical breakdown? How about cars on some of Maine's Islands, no inspection needed.
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01-08-2018, 09:48 PM
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RE: Does Maine Need A Vehicle Inspection Prograam?
(01-08-2018 07:05 AM)Islander Wrote:  If the reason is to make the roads safe, then why allow vehicles from other states that have not been inspected to drive around the state? How many accidents are caused by vehicle mechanical breakdown? How about cars on some of Maine's Islands, no inspection needed.

It is a license to steal, by those with an inspection license "granted" by the state. Those who enjoy and take advantage of this lucrative little scam ain't gonna give it up without a nice fight!

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