Louis Meyers, M.D.

Louis Meyers for State Senate

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Vermont has an auto inspection system which is terribly unfair to Vermonters, and this is one of the prime reasons I am running for the state senate. Ours is the strictest inspection in the country and goes far beyond what common sense and safety would dictate. Every component on the car - even optional features - must be in perfect working order to pass.

One such area we should explore is the passenger car safety and emissions inspection requirements. These are required yearly of Vermont car owners and it is an expensive and time-consuming process. My review of similar requirements in states across the nation indicates that 16 states require no inspections at all after the initial inspection. Twelve states require inspections only every two years. And the majority of states which do require inspections waive the requirement for cars less than eight years old.

To add insult to injury, the state now requires rust abatement. Show me a car in Vermont which can go through even one winter without accumulating some rust! This is costing the Vermonters who can least afford it hundreds or even thousands of dollars in unnecessary repairs.

Many who cannot afford the repairs are now driving with expired inspection stickers and are at risk for large fines and other legal penalties. I had hoped that Governor Scott, a race car driver and auto mechanic, would work on this problem. If he won’t, I will.

If I am elected to the state senate, I promise I will focus on this like a laser from day one.

I am committed to finding common sense ways of saving Vermonters money.

One such area we should explore is the passenger car safety and emissions inspection requirements. These are required yearly of Vermont car owners and it is an expensive and time-consuming process. My review of similar requirements in states across the nation indicates that 16 states require no inspections at all after the initial inspection. Twelve states require inspections only every two years. And the majority of states which do require inspections waive the requirement for cars less than eight years old.

I believe that if we waived the inspection requirement for newer cars and then required testing every two years we can both ensure adequate safety and reduce needless expenses for Vermonters.

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