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Legislator sees no need for annual inspections
drivers in Oklahoma are conscientious and sufficiently concerned about
the safety of themselves, their passengers and others on the road that
they have their engine oil and equipment such as tires, windshield wipers
and lights checked periodically by a mechanic, Phillips said. Furthermore,
he emphasized, law enforcement officers are already empowered to issue
citations to owners of unsafe cars and trucks. State law mandates all
motor vehicles operating on roads, streets and highways in Oklahoma
must be equipped with functioning headlights, taillights, stop lights,
turn indicators, brakes, horns, seat belts, windshield wipers, and mirrors.
Every motor vehicle must be equipped with a muffler "in good working
order . to prevent excessive or unusual noise and annoying smoke,"
state law decrees.
The Legislature voted to scrap vehicle inspections for multiple reasons, Phillips recalled. The inspection price was set by the Legislature at $5, of which the station owner was allowed to keep $4. State lawmakers not only resisted raising the price, they even balked at doubling the price to $10 but limiting inspections to every other year instead of annually.
thorough vehicle inspection would take 15 to 30 minutes to complete,"
Phillips estimated. "If the mechanic is getting $60 or more per
hour for his labor, $4 is not enough to even check the air pressure
of the low compensation rate, many stations discontinued vehicle inspections.
Consequently, many rural residents had to drive long distances to find
a mechanic to inspect their vehicles each year.
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