2021 Bills

HB 392: Restoring the Failed Vehicle Safety Inspection Program

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Libertas Institute opposes this bill

Staff review of the legislation finds that it violates our principles and must therefore be opposed.

Four years ago, we persuaded legislators to repeal Utah’s mandatory vehicle safety inspection program, using data to show how they were not indicative of a decrease in fatalities from vehicle malfunctions. Most states no longer have such a program, and no state has re-introduced its program after repealing it.

Representative Elizabeth Weight is aiming to restore much of the old mandatory inspection program for vehicles. House Bill 392 would burden Utahns with this failed regulatory program that has been discredited.

This is not data-driven policy. It rejects the evidence-based approach previously taken by the Legislature, and would therefore totally undermine that important reform.